Exploring Impact of Individual Network Position toward Knowledge Sharing Intention

Soonhan Bae, SeungIk Baek


We explore the impact of individuals’network position toward knowledge sharing intention. In order to identify network positions, we utilize three centrality measures (degree/closeness/ betweenness) of individual network participants. The research findings show that the individual network positions significantly affect knowledge sharing intentions. Since an individual with high degree centrality might be the leader or the hub, one makes considerable effort to maintain the network position by actively participating in intra-team and inter-team knowledge sharing, A participant who can quickly interact with many other participants within a team (high closeness centrality) is more interested in intra-team knowledge sharing than inter-team knowledge sharing. Unlike degree centrality and closeness centrality, the betweenness centrality provides a participant with diverse resources located in multiple sub-groups.
Although an individual with high betweenness centrality is not at the center of the networks, one plays a crucial role in disseminating and regulating information. Therefore, the individual is likely to have more positive intention toward inter-team knowledge sharing than intra-team knowledge sharing.

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