To 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!
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.
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:
- Knowledge hiding can be harmful for business – article in Dnevnik, Slovenian popular paper
- A million euro guy – coverage in Finance – Slovene popular finance daily paper here (free registration needed)
- in Hegnar.no
- Ukeavisen Ledelse
- Aftenposten (written by a well-known Norwegian journalist Katrine Aspaas) – p. 1 and p. 2,
- and Dagens Næringsliv (a leading Norwegian business daily!) – p. 1 and p. 2.
As a mentor I can say, that this is truly a rewarding role. Especially at times like these, where excellent news on my protegees just keep on coming. In was few days ago, when mag. Lea Pfajfar got an award as the Slovenian HR hope 2013 for her master thesis on work engagement and the role of organizational networks and job design. That was in addition to the runner-up award at the Student Business Conference.
Yesterday, dr. Matej Černe was officially promoted to the PhD title at the University of Ljubljana ceremony. It is worth to mention, that Matej is the first Slovenian ever to publish as the first author in Academy of Management Journal and one of four that ever managed to do so.
Thanks 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! 🙂
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.
I am really proud to announce that we received a prestigious Best Conference Proceedings Award for the Academy of Management Meeting, 2012, Boston (MA, USA). Reviewers have ranked the paper Černe, M., Nerstad, C., Škerlavaj, M. “Don’t come around here no more: Knowledge hiding, perceived motivational climate, and creativity” to be amongst the best in the OB Division. We provocatively suggest and prove that knowledge hiding not only damages organizations, but also individuals who hide knowledge themselves. In addition, we offer a remedy for that. The negative effect of knowledge hiding on creativity can be mitigated with fostering appropriate organizational climate.