PACIS 2020 Proceedings


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This study explores the factors affecting tacit knowledge acquisition (TKA) by knowledge seekers/receivers in organizations. It proposes the theoretical basis for an integrated model for the antecedents of TKA from the socio-cultural and psychological factors of knowledge seekers in organizations. The theoretical model was applied to a sample of 168 employees from the research and development units of a semi-conductor company in Taiwan. The research results show that both social interaction and learning orientation are determinants of TKA and the mediators. Agreeableness and learning need are drivers of TKA through social interaction. Learning orientation acts as the mediator between absorptive capability and TKA as well as between learning need and TKA. However, conscientiousness is a suppressor of TKA.



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