In this paper,we examine the potential differential effects of two types of interpersonal trust (sincerity-based trust and ability-based trust) on knowledge sharing in virtual teams in China. Our analysis suggests that sincerity-based trust is more likely to affect a virtual team member’s propensity to transfer explicit knowledge to his or her teammates, while ability-based trust seems to have more pronounced influence on the propensities to seek and adopt explicit knowledge. Our analysis also reveals thatsincerity-based trust and ability-based trust are both needed tojointly influence the propensities to seek, transfer and adopt tacit knowledge in Chinese virtual teams.
Zhang, Michael Jijin and Chen, Honghua, "Trust and Knowledge Sharingin Virtual Teams: the Case of China" (2015). WHICEB 2015 Proceedings. 10.