The Five-factor Model of Personality and Knowledge Transfer in the United Arab Emirates

Michael B. Harari, Naveen Kumar Jain, Thomas Joseph

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Knowledge transfer has emerged as an important criterion in organizations for achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. While research has examined contextual determinants of knowledge transfer, very little research has considered the role of individual differences. In the present study, we addressed this issue by testing the relationship between the five-factor model of personality and supervisory ratings of knowledge transfer in a sample of employees from the United Arab Emirates (N=294). Our findings indicated that the extraversion (r=.22), conscientiousness (r=.18), and openness (r=.14) were significant predictors of knowledge transfer. Implications for knowledge management practices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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