The Influence of Knowledge Ownership on Knowledge Sharing Intentions: An Empirical Study in UK and Thailand

By Saranya Saetang, Babis Theodoulidis and Ugonwa Ekweozor.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The literature on knowledge ownership distinguishes two types of ownership: organisational and individual ownership. These two types relate to the way individuals differentiate whether their knowledge belongs to themselves (individual) or their employer (organisational). On the other hand, organisations could utilise Intellectual Property Rights to enforce control over explicit knowledge such as information products. However, employees gain more control over tacit knowledge such as expertise because it is embedded in their mind. This causes the employees to psychologically believe that they own tacit knowledge. Previous research shows that knowledge ownership perceptions affect knowledge sharing intentions. Nevertheless, there is a lack of empirical works to support this argument especially in cross-cultural research. This paper explores individual and organisational knowledge ownership and their effects on knowledge sharing intentions. It reports on a study that was conducted in both UK and Thailand. The results of the study support previous research findings that knowledge workers who perceive organisational ownership will have more propensities to share their knowledge than those who perceive individual ownership.

Keywords: Knowledge Ownership

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 662.568KB).

Saranya Saetang

PhD Student, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

I am a PhD student in Manchester Business School supervised by Dr. Babis Theodoulidis. I am also holding a lecturer position in Kasetsart University, Thailand. My research interest is in knowledge sharing, knowledge management and organisational behaviour in cross- cultural context.

Dr. Babis Theodoulidis

Senior lecturer, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Dr. Babis Theodoulidis holds the position of Senior Lecturer at Manchester Business School, and a visiting position at the School of Engineering, University of Surrey. He is a member of the Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Teaching Committee and project manager for the IST project PARMENIDES (IST-2001-39023) ( He is the secretary of the Executive Committee for the BCS Special Interest Group in Pattern Analysis and Robotics, a member of Editorial Board of the Information Systems and e-Business Management Journal and an external examiner for the University of Salford and the University of Hertfordshire.

Dr. Ugonwa Ekweozor

University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Ugonwa Ekweozor finished her PhD. from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester,UK. Her research interests are in the area of Knowledge Ownership, Records management and Knowledge management.


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