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Measuring knowledge sharing in inter-organisational networks: evidence from the healthcare sector

Measuring knowledge sharing in inter-organisational networks: evidence from the healthcare sector This paper aims at developing and evaluating an instrument for measuring knowledge sharing at the individual level in inter-organisational networks. To achieve this objective, we proceed as follows: (1) identification or generation of individual items, (2) developing a psychometric instrument and (3) empirical validation. For the latter, a questionnaire was applied to 202 professionals from different healthcare organisations in Portugal. The results reveal a high validity of a two-factor structure (Knowledge Acquisition and Knowledge Transfer). Hence, the psychometric instrument for measuring knowledge sharing we propose has potential for future research and application in networks as knowledge transfer mechanisms. Our study contributes to advancing theory at the interface of knowledge management and networks. Keywords: inter-organisational networks; knowledge management; healthcare organisations; measuring instrument. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Franco, M., Haase, H. and Barbeira, M. (2015) `Measuring knowledge sharing in inter-organisational networks: evidence from the healthcare sector', Int. J. Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp.101­122. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. M. Franco et al. Biographical notes: Mário Franco is an Auxiliary Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management of SME at the Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior Portugal. He completed his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies Inderscience Publishers

Measuring knowledge sharing in inter-organisational networks: evidence from the healthcare sector

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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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1743-8268
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1743-8276
DOI
10.1504/IJKMS.2015.071757
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Abstract

This paper aims at developing and evaluating an instrument for measuring knowledge sharing at the individual level in inter-organisational networks. To achieve this objective, we proceed as follows: (1) identification or generation of individual items, (2) developing a psychometric instrument and (3) empirical validation. For the latter, a questionnaire was applied to 202 professionals from different healthcare organisations in Portugal. The results reveal a high validity of a two-factor structure (Knowledge Acquisition and Knowledge Transfer). Hence, the psychometric instrument for measuring knowledge sharing we propose has potential for future research and application in networks as knowledge transfer mechanisms. Our study contributes to advancing theory at the interface of knowledge management and networks. Keywords: inter-organisational networks; knowledge management; healthcare organisations; measuring instrument. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Franco, M., Haase, H. and Barbeira, M. (2015) `Measuring knowledge sharing in inter-organisational networks: evidence from the healthcare sector', Int. J. Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp.101­122. Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. M. Franco et al. Biographical notes: Mário Franco is an Auxiliary Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management of SME at the Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior Portugal. He completed his

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International Journal of Knowledge Management StudiesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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