Factors Influencing Knowledge Sharing Among Undergraduate Engineering Students

Yogeesha HC


The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors that influence knowledge sharing among undergraduate students of engineering colleges in Bangalore region. The factors covered demographical, individual, classroom, and technological aspects. A questionnaire was used for collecting data. There were 163 students from engineering colleges in Bangalore region, participated in this study.  The results indicated that five factors, intentions to share, technology support, teacher support, ability to share, and competition among classmates, had significant influence on knowledge sharing among students respectively. Specifically, technology support and ability to share positively influence knowledge sharing. Competition among classmates negatively influences knowledge sharing. The sociological factors such as number of siblings, school and residential environment do not have any influence on the behavior of knowledge sharing of the students


] Kong, S.C., Ogata, H., Arnseth, H.C., Chan, C.K.K., Hirashima, T., Klett, F., Lee, J.H.M., Liu, C.C., Looi, C.K., Milrad, M., Mitrovic, A., Nakabayashi, K., Wong, S.L., Yang, S.J.H. (eds.) (2009). Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education [CDROM]. Hong Kong: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

] Davenport, T., and L. Prusak. (1999). Working Knowledge: How Organizations Manage What They Know. Boston: Harvard Business School.

] Ardichvili, A., Page, V., & Wentling, T. (2003). Motivation and barriers to participation in virtual knowledge-sharing communities of practice. Journal of Knowledge Management, 7(1), 64-77.

] Awad, E. M., & Ghaziril, H. M. (2004). Knowledge Management, New Jersey: Pearson Education.

] Chen, J., Koch, P., Chung, M., & Lee, C. (2007). Exploring contributory factors in student-to-student knowledge sharing: A Singaporean perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 93rd Annual Convention, Nov 14, 2007, TBA, Chicago, IL.

] Cho, N., Li, G. Z., & Su, C. -Z. (2007). An empirical study on the effect of individual factors on knowledge sharing by knowledge type. Journal of Global Business and Technology, 3(2), 1-15.

] Hair, J. F. Jr., Anderson, R. E., Tatham, R. L., & Black, W. C. (1998). Multivariate Data Analysis (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

] Han, B. M., & Anantatmula, V. S. (2007). Knowledge sharing in large IT organizations: A case study. VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, 37(4), 421-439.

] Kim, S., & Ju, B. (2008). An analysis of faculty perceptions: Attitudes toward knowledge sharing and collaboration in an academic institution. Library & Information Science Research, 30(4), 282-290.

] Lin, C. - P. (2007a). To share or not to share: Modeling knowledge sharing using exchange ideology as a moderator. Personnel Review, 36(3), 457-475.

] Lin, H. -F. (2007b). Effects of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on employee knowledge sharing intentions. Journal of Information Science, 33(2), 135-149.

] Ling, C. W., Sandhu, K. K., & Jain, K. K. (2008). Knowledge sharing in an American multinational company based in Malaysia. Journal of Workplace Learning, 21(2), 125-142.

] Lio, S. -h., Fei, W. -C., & Chen, C. -C. (2007). Knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity, and innovation capability: An empirical study of Taiwan’s knowledge-intensive industries. Journal of Information Science, 33(3), 340-359.

] Lu, L., Leung, K., & Koch, P. T. (2006). Managerial knowledge sharing: The role of individual, interpersonal, and organizational factors. Management and Organization Review, 2(1), 15-41.

] Nunnally, J. C. (1978). Psychometric Theory (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

] Riege, A. (2005). Three-dozen knowledge-sharing barriers managers must consider. Journal of Knowledge Management, 9(3), 18-35.

] van den Hooff, B., & Huysman, M. (2009). Managing knowledge sharing: Emergent and engineering approaches. Information & Management, 46(1), 1-8.

پاراگلایدر Full Text: PDF


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

ISSN : 2251-1563