Effect of Organizational Politics and Social Network on Knowledge Transfer

지식이전에 영향을 미치는 조직의 정치성향과 사회네트워크

  • Received : 2011.06.07
  • Accepted : 2011.06.17
  • Published : 2011.06.28


This study explains the knowledge transfer process by exploring the significant factors affecting knowledge transfer within an organization from a socio-political perspective. Knowledge transfer occurs in various social contexts, within individuals and groups, and, thus, is closely linked to inter-organizational politics and social network in an organization. By conceptualizing knowledge as a socio-political process, this paper applies organizational politic theory and social network theory to knowledge management area. Here the paper shows that both organizational politics and social network such as in-group and out-group's tie strength have a significant effect on knowledge transfer. In addition, the study empirically verifies that knowledge management system has a moderating effect on the in-group's tie strength and knowledge transfer.


Knowledge Transfer;Organizational Politics;Social Network;Knowledge Management System


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