Workplace information sharing: a generational approach

Gunilla Widén, Farhan Ahmad, Isto Huvila

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    Introduction. Managing information sharing in organizations requires an understanding of information behaviour at several levels. The aim of this short paper is to add the generational approach to the understanding of workplace information sharing.
    Method. A survey was conducted in a multinational organization (n=237) to explore different factors affecting workplace information sharing and learning. Analysis. An ANOVA F test was carried out to analyse possible generational differences in workplace information sharing activities and attitudes.
    Results. The findings show that generational factors are not a straightforward predictor of differences in information sharing practices in the workplace. Some differences were found concerning information consciousness and information sending activities.
    Conclusion. The preliminary results indicate some generational differences in information sharing practices and attitudes. Further studies need to be done using a mixed-methods approach to get a more nuanced picture of inter- and intragenerational differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of ISIC: the information behaviour conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 2
    Place of PublicationSweden
    PublisherUniversity of Borås
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
    EventISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference - University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia
    Duration: 20 Sept 201623 Sept 2016

    Publication series

    NameInformation Research
    ISSN (Print)1368-1613


    ConferenceISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference


    • Information sharing
    • generational differences
    • Information management


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