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Cultural intelligence, knowledge hiding, & individual and team creativity August 28, 2017

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in cultural intelligence, experiment, field study, innovation, knowledge hiding, team.
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Working across cultures is a thing of past, present, and hopefully also future. The question is now what contributes to good knowledge and innovation processes in such context. Sabina Bogilovic, Matej Cerne and Miha Skerlavaj in their article Hiding behind the mask? published in latest European journal of Work and Organizational Psychology argue that it is the cultural intelligence that enables both individuals and their teams to overcome social categorization, decrease knowledge hiding and improve creative outcomes.

Culturally diverse colleagues can be valuable sources for stimulating creativity at work, yet only if they decide to share their knowledge. Drawing on the social exchange theory, we propose that cross-cultural interactions among individuals from different national backgrounds can act as a salient contingency in the relationship between knowledge hiding and creativity (individual and team). We further suggest, based on the social categorization theory (e.g., the categorization process of “us” against “them” based on national differences), that cultural intelligence enhances the likelihood of high-quality social exchanges between culturally diverse individuals and, therefore, remedies the otherwise negative relationship between individual knowledge hiding and individual creativity. Two studies using field and experimental data offer consistent support for this argument. First, a field study of 621 employees nested among 70 teams revealed that individual knowledge hiding is negatively related to individual creativity and that cultural intelligence moderates the relationship between knowledge hiding and creativity at an individual level. A quasi-experimental study of 104 international students nested in 24 teams replicated and extended these findings by implying that individual knowledge hiding is also negatively related to team creativity. We discuss the implications for practice and future research.

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HRMJ – knowledge hiding and innovative work behavior April 7, 2017

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in innovation, job design, knowledge hiding.
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In our recent study published at the Human Resource Management Journal and special issue on HRM and innovation, we show that job design (task interdependence and autonomy) and mastery climates can reduce the negative association between knowledge hiding and innovative work behavior.

This study investigates the multilevel interplay among team-level, job-related, and individual characteristics in stimulating employees innovative work behavior (IWB) based on the theoretical frameworks of achievement goal theory (AGT) and job characteristics theory (JCT). A multilevel two-source study of 240 employees and their 34 direct supervisors in two medium-sized Slovenian companies revealed significant two- and threeway interactions, where a mastery climate, task interdependence, and decision autonomy moderated the relationship between knowledge hiding and IWB. When employees hide knowledge, a team mastery climate only facilitates high levels of IWB if accompanied by either high task interdependence or high decision autonomy. In the absence of one of these job characteristics, knowledge hiding prevents higher levels of IWB
even in the case of strong team mastery climate. The results suggest that multiple job design antecedents are necessary to neutralize the negative influence of knowledge hiding on micro-innovation processes within organizations.

Journal of Organizational Behavior – Special Issue on knowledge hiding December 8, 2016

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jobTo all the researchers interested in better understanding of knowledge hiding, here is the link to the special issue of Journal of Organizational Behavior. Guest editors Catherine Connelly, Anders Dysvik, Miha Skerlavaj, and Matej Cerne are interested in both quantitative and qualitative work that advances the field. Submission deadline December 1st, 2017. Welcome!

Interview in Advantage February 24, 2016

Posted by Miha Škerlavaj in change management, creativity, innovation, interviews, knowledge hiding, leadership.
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Advantage 2016Advantage (BI alumni magazine) is out. Among many interesting reads, featuring an interview with my humble self. A really good opportunity for a bit of self-reflection when engaged with such a thoughtful conversationist. https://issuu.com/bi_business_school/docs/advantage

 

AMJ paper on knowledge hiding published February 27, 2014

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Here we go, our eagerly expected Academy of Management Journal paper on knowledge hiding and creativity has been just released in print in the February 2014 issue. Welcome to read and comment!

Punished for witholding knowledge @ BI Leadership magazine November 15, 2013

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In the BI Leadership Magazine 2013/14, Matej Cerne, Christina Nerstad, Anders Dysvik and myself published a practitioner-oriented paper on the forthcoming February 2014 Academy of Management Journal article on knowledge hiding, motivational climate and creativity called Punished for withholding knowledge.

Media coverage on AMJ article in Slovenia and Norway June 11, 2013

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In essence, I see the point in our work about the positive impact we’d like to make to the lives of individuals at work as well as business performance. So I am really happy to see that Academy of Management Journal  publication on detrimental effects of knowledge hiding for ones own creativity got really wide media coverage in Norway as well as some in Slovenia.

Below are the links to publications in Norwegian and Slovenian press:

Publication in the AMJ January 4, 2013

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AMJ_cover_blankThanks to a wonderful group of co-authors and friends from Slovenia and Norway, amazingly developmental feedback from the three anonymous reviewers and AMJ associate editor Adam Grant, we got accepted our first Academy of Management Journal publication:

ČERNE, Matej, NERSTAD, Christina, DYSVIK, Anders, ŠKERLAVAJ, Miha (Forthcomming): What goes around comes around: Knowledge hiding, perceived motivational climate, and creativity.  Academy of Management Journal. 

Here is the abstract for those interested:

Knowledge hiding prevents colleagues from generating creative ideas, but it may also have negative consequences for the creativity of the knowledge hider. Drawing on social exchange theory, we propose that when employees hide knowledge, they trigger a reciprocal distrust loop in which coworkers are unwilling to share knowledge with them. We further suggest that these effects are contingent on the motivational climate such that the negative effects of hiding knowledge on one’s own creativity are enhanced in a performance climate and attenuated in a mastery climate. A field study of 240 employees, nested into 34 groups, revealed a negative relationship between knowledge hiding and the knowledge hider’s creativity as well as the moderating role of a mastery climate. Study 2 replicated these findings in an experimental study of 132 undergraduate students, testing a reciprocal distrust loop and comparing it with an alternative intra-psychic explanatory process based on situational regulatory focus. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

You never forget your first time! 🙂

Academy of Management, Boston, 2012 July 31, 2012

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Off to Boston, in few days. Sincerely looking forward to visit this vibrant city once again. Even more so I expect with great enthusiasm the ‘Olympics of Management’ – annual Academy of Management Meeting. This year my schedule is particularly busy – among many meeting with dear colleagues and friends, with many of whom we have on-going or future research projects, I am also co-authoring two of the presentations in the conference program:

  • Černe, M., Nerstad, C., & Škerlavaj, M.: Don’t come around here no more: Knowledge hiding, perceived motivational climate, and creativity (Best Conference Paper Proceedings).

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  • Černe, M., Jaklič, M., & Škerlavaj, M.: Decoupling management and technological innovation: Unveiling the individualism-collectivism controversy.

Research seminar on knowlege hiding, motivational climates and creativity @ BI May 15, 2012

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Today, we (that is Matej Černe, Christina Nerstad, and Anders Dysvik) held a research seminar on an article that we will present at the Academy of Management Conference 2012, Boston, MA. It has also been chosen for the publication in Best paper conference proceedings. Its’ central idea is that knowledge hiding of an individual creates a so-called distrust loop which in turn damages one’s self creativity (not just creativity of coworkers). And performance climate just makes things worse (to put it in simple terms). However, that there is a cure for that called a mastery climate – a climate that promotes development, growth and collaboration among colleagues.  Great discussions and most helpful comments from the colleagues from Department of Leadership and Organisational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School.

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