Knowledge sharing may come across as an odd secondary to knowledge discovery, but it honestly is so much more and deserves its own spotlight next to discovery. To me and to many others out in the world, knowledge sharing is such a vital and important process to inspire innovation and create a knowledgeable set of values within a company and is something that should not be considered lightly. However, one thing that must be noted that I think is extremely crucial is that a lot of the knowledge sharing that goes on also depends on how well the company values their employees and the environment around them.
Obrenovic et al go into more detail about this, stating there are several personality traits and ideologies that have to be somewhat put into place or at least have a presence to “have more influence on tacit knowledge sharing” and create a much better knowledge based environment. One such trait / ideology that must be put into place is what can be called “social capital”. This form of capital can help to push forward tacit knowledge sharing behaviors and help spark conversation and knowledge sharing amongst peers. Cai et al go into more detail too about how social capital can be sectioned into three separate facets: structural (connections among individuals), relationship (ongoing relationships that can influence behavior), and distinct. (Cai et al., 2020). These facets all work together to help build an organizations overall social capital and thus pushes forward the innovation and knowledge of the company to new heights.
As with all other forms of knowledge management, sharing is no stranger to the innovation side of things and makes sure to have its presence known throughout. This is where I believe some can find the similarities between knowledge sharing and say knowledge transfer, as they both have a similar idea and can pursue innovation in similar ways. However, the main difference that I find between them is that knowledge transfer can have innovation not occur when moving things across, but with knowledge sharing “It is unlikely that innovation occurs in its absence…” (Castaneda & Cuellar, 2020). Knowledge sharing in the long run basically pushes innovation forward briskly and sometimes even drives it. There is no doubt in my mind that knowledge sharing is way more important than some are to believe and that it helps to encourage and influence knowledge across an organization and help produce new and innovative ideas and capabilities.
Cai, Y., Song, Y., Xiao, X., & Shi, W. (2020). The effect of social capital on tacit knowledge-sharing intention: The mediating role of employee vigor. Sage Open, 10(3), 2158244020945722.
Castaneda, D. I., & Cuellar, S. (2020). Knowledge sharing and innovation: A systematic review. Knowledge and Process Management, 27(3), 159–173.
Obrenovic, B., Jianguo, D., Tsoy, D., Obrenovic, S., Khan, M. A. S., & Anwar, F. (2020). The enjoyment of knowledge sharing: Impact of altruism on tacit knowledge-sharing behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1496.