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Title: Expertise dissimilarity and creativity : the contingent roles of tacit and explicit knowledge sharing
Authors: Huang, X 
Hsieh, JJPA
He, WJ 
Keywords: Creativity
Expertise dissimilarity
Knowledge sharing
Multilevel analysis
Project team
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Source: Journal of applied psychology, Sept. 2014, v. 99, no. 5, p. 816-830 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of applied psychology 
Abstract: In this study, we investigated whether team-level knowledge sharing moderates the effects of individual-level expertise dissimilarity on individual employees’ creativity in research and development (R&D) project teams. Expertise dissimilarity—defined as the difference in expertise and knowledge between a focal team member and her or his fellow team members—was operationalized in terms of the research department to which each member belonged. In Study 1, multilevel analyses of data collected from 200 members of 40 R&D project teams in a telecommunications company revealed that a team member with expertise dissimilar to that of her or his teammates was more likely to exhibit creativity when the project team as a whole engaged in higher levels of tacit, rather than explicit, knowledge sharing. In contrast, a member whose expertise was similar to that of her or his teammates was more likely to exhibit creative behavior when the team engaged in higher levels of explicit, rather than tacit, knowledge sharing. These findings were largely replicated in Study 2 using data collected from 82 members of 25 project teams from another telecommunications company.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/7105
ISSN: 0021-9010
DOI: 10.1037/a0036911
Rights: PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved
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