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Knowledge sharing and life satisfaction: the roles of colleague relationships and gender

Jiang, Zhou and Hu, Xiaowen 2016, Knowledge sharing and life satisfaction: the roles of colleague relationships and gender, Social indicators research, vol. 126, no. 1, pp. 379-394, doi: 10.1007/s11205-015-0886-9.

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Title Knowledge sharing and life satisfaction: the roles of colleague relationships and gender
Author(s) Jiang, Zhou
Hu, Xiaowen
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 126
Issue number 1
Start page 379
End page 394
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Keyword(s) knowledge sharing
life satisfaction
colleague relationships
gender
mediator
moderator
Summary This study is the first to test the impact of knowledge sharing on life satisfaction.Based on social exchange theory, social capital theory, and self-determinationtheory, we tested a mediation pathway through which knowledge sharing affects lifesatisfaction via its influence on perceived quality of relationships with colleagues. Drawingon social role theory, we also examined the moderating role of gender on the relationbetween colleague relationship and life satisfaction. While social capital theory and selfdeterminationtheory suggest that quality colleague relationships have a positive impact onlife satisfaction, social role theory suggests that the strength of this relationship varies onthe basis of gender. Data collected from 246 full-time workers supported the mediationpath, even when job satisfaction was controlled. While gender moderated the effect ofcolleague relationships on life satisfaction, the moderated mediation effect of knowledgesharing on life satisfaction was not supported. Our results suggest that knowledge sharing,as an important work behavior, not only promotes effective work-related outcomes but alsohas a positive impact on individuals’ subjective well-being. Theoretical implications arediscussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-0886-9
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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