Information technology to support informal knowledge sharing

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-109
Journal / PublicationInformation Systems Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


The knowledge management (KM) literature largely focuses on the explicit and formal representation of knowledge in computer-based KM systems. Informal KM practices are widespread, but less is known about them. This paper aims to redress this imbalance by exploring the use of interactive information technology (IT) applications for informal knowledge sharing (KS). We develop theoretical propositions to highlight the key facets of informal KS processes, and illustrate them through an interpretive case-study analysis of KS in two public relations firms in China. We then discuss the implications of our findings for practice in both China and beyond. Finally, we recommend a research agenda to further investigate informal, relationship-based knowledge sharing. © 2012 Wiley Publishing Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Chinese management, Guanxi, Interactive IT, Relationship-based knowledge management, Social networks, Transactive memory