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The influence of managerial power and credibility on knowledge acquisition attributes

Politis, John D. (2005). The influence of managerial power and credibility on knowledge acquisition attributes. Leadership & Organization Development Journal,26(3):197-214.

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Title The influence of managerial power and credibility on knowledge acquisition attributes
Author Politis, John D.
Journal Name Leadership & Organization Development Journal
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0143-7739   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 197
End Page 214
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Field of Research 1503 - Business and Management
Abstract Purpose
This paper examines the relationship between credibility, the dimensions of power and a number of knowledge acquisition attributes.

Design/methodology/approach
The study involves a questionnaire‐based survey of employees from a number of organisations operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A total of 130 useable questionnaires were received from employees who are engaged in self‐managing activities from seven companies. These were subjected to a series of correlational and regression analyses.

Findings
There are three major findings in this research. First, the relationship between expert power and the knowledge acquisition attributes of personal traits, control and negotiation is positive and significant. Second, the constructs of coercive and referent power are likely to have a negative influence on employees' knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing. Finally, the findings have clearly shown that the management dimension of credibility has a positive and significant impact on the knowledge acquisition attributes of control and negotiation.

Practical implications
The study shows that the real challenge for organisations in the UAE is to provide a working environment that encourages and fosters expert power and credibility and, by extension knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing.

Originality/value
There is a paucity of research in this area and this paper makes a contribution towards filling this gap.
Keywords Knowledge management
Management power
Self-managing teams
United Arab Emirates
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01437730510591752   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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