Knowledge-Sharing Networks: Language Diversity, Its Causes, and Consequences

Farhan Ahmad

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    Although it is recognized that diversity influences knowledge sharing between employees, there is very little empirical research on the relationship between language diversity and knowledge sharing in the organizations. In this context, this study adopts network perspective and explores linguistic composition of personal knowledge-sharing networks, its causes and consequences. A survey was conducted involving 403 participants in different subsidiaries of a multinational organization. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to test the effect of language diversity in department, language attitude, and linguistic association on language diversity in personal knowledge-sharing networks. Moreover, analysis of variance was performed to analyze whether employees with multilingual knowledge-sharing networks differ from employees with monolingual knowledge-sharing networks in terms of their knowledge sharing behavior and performance. Regression analysis showed that language diversity in the immediate department and employees' linguistic association in the organization significantly affects the language diversity in employees' personal knowledge-sharing networks. However, against expectations, language attitude did not have any effect. Moreover, analysis of variance results show that there is no difference in knowledge-sharing behavior of employees who have multilingual or monolingual knowledge-sharing networks. However, the employees with multilingual knowledge-sharing networks perform better than those with monolingual knowledge-sharing networks in the organization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-151
    Number of pages13
    JournalKnowledge and Process Management
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    Early online date20 Mar 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

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    Personnel
    Linguistics
    Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
    Regression analysis
    Association reactions
    Knowledge sharing
    Language
    Employees
    Chemical analysis

    Keywords

    • knowledge sharing
    • language diversity
    • multilingual organizations
    • personal knowledge networks

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Strategy and Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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