Knowledge Management Research & Practice

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 91–104

Physicians’ willingness to share: a TPB-based analysis

  • Giovanni Radaelli
  • Emanuele Lettieri
  • Cristina Masella
Article

DOI: 10.1057/kmrp.2013.33

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Radaelli, G., Lettieri, E. & Masella, C. Knowl Manage Res Pract (2015) 13: 91. doi:10.1057/kmrp.2013.33
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Abstract

Physicians’ willingness to share knowledge is a central antecedent of effective knowledge sharing within hospitals. This paper aims at supporting the micro-foundation of knowledge sharing with the identification of the factors that affect willingness to share and their classification according to a behavioural model grounded in the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB). The identification of antecedents and their classification is based on the review of the major contributions published on top tier and specialist journals. This study identifies 22 factors that affect physicians’ willingness to share. These factors are classified according to the TPB framework, which identifies three behavioural antecedents: attitude, subjective norm and perceived behaviour control. The organization of the factors allows appreciating the diffusion of knowledge-sharing behaviours as the result of three concurring perspectives: raising attention to the benefits of knowledge sharing, building up social pressures from relevant actors and designing appropriate organizational contingencies.

Keywords

knowledge sharing Theory of Planned Behaviour physicians hospitals 

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© Operational Research Society 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Radaelli
    • 1
  • Emanuele Lettieri
    • 1
  • Cristina Masella
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ManagementEconomics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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