Perceived mastery climate, felt trust, and knowledge sharing

Nerstad, C. G.L., Searle, R. , Černe, M., Dysvik, A., Škerlavaj, M. and Scherer, R. (2018) Perceived mastery climate, felt trust, and knowledge sharing. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(4), pp. 429-447. (doi: 10.1002/job.2241)

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Interpersonal trust is associated with a range of adaptive outcomes, including knowledge sharing. However, to date, our knowledge of antecedents and consequences of employees feeling trusted by supervisors in organizations remains limited. On the basis of a multisource, multiwave field study among 956 employees from 5 Norwegian organizations, we examined the predictive roles of perceived mastery climate and employee felt trust for employees' knowledge sharing. Drawing on the achievement goal theory, we develop and test a model to demonstrate that when employees perceive a mastery climate, they are more likely to feel trusted by their supervisors at both the individual and group levels. Moreover, the relationship between employees' perceptions of a mastery climate and supervisor-rated knowledge sharing is mediated by perceptions of being trusted by the supervisor. Theoretical contributions and practical implications of our findings are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Searle, Professor Rosalind
Authors: Nerstad, C. G.L., Searle, R., Černe, M., Dysvik, A., Škerlavaj, M., and Scherer, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Organizational Behavior
ISSN (Online):1099-1379
Published Online:01 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Organizational Behavior 39(4):429-447
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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