Knowledge sharing through inter-organizational knowledge sharing systems

Kamla Ali Al-Busaidi*, Lorne Olfman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Inter-organizational knowledge sharing systems (IOKSS) are crucial for scientific, social and economic development especially in knowledge-intensive sectors. Knowledge sharing processes and systems will not only be challenged by individual and organizational factors but also by social, technical and political inter-organizational factors. This paper aims to investigate the impact of knowledge worker, peer, IOKSS, organization and sector factors on knowledge workers’ intention to share knowledge through IOKSS. Knowledge workers are the key stakeholders that enable the survival of IOKSS. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected, through a questionnaire, from knowledge workers in the education and the health sectors. Findings: This study found that the human factors (related to knowledge workers and their peers) have significant direct impact on intention to share knowledge through IOKSS. Other factors, such as IOKSS system, organization and sector factors showed indirect impacts on knowledge workers’ intention to share knowledge through IOKSS. Such investigation can be very valuable for developing countries as technological innovations such as IOKSS can be crucial for training and building human resources, and national knowledge management. Originality/value: Little is empirically known about the enablers of sharing knowledge in systems that connect organizations in horizontal linkage in a specific sector or industry. The study also adds value to under investigated region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-136
Number of pages27
JournalVINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Inter-organizational knowledge sharing systems
  • Inter-organizational knowledge transfer
  • Inter-organizational systems
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Information Systems


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