Repatriate knowledge sharing environment: Measure development and the impact of personality variables
The transfer of repatriate international knowledge to their colleagues is essential for organizations to capitalize on the benefits international assignments can offer and to gain a competitive edge. By merging the Steelman et al. (2004) feedback environment theory with literature on knowledge sharing and repatriate effectiveness the repatriate knowledge sharing environment (RKSE) was developed and examined in two phases. The first phase of the study created and pilot tested a proposed seven-dimension measure of the repatriate knowledge sharing environment (RKSE). Results alluded to an eight-dimension RKSE factor structure: source credibility, knowledge quality, source awareness, employee interaction, source recognition, workplace professionalism, supervisor support and promotion of knowledge exchange. Phase two exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the eight-dimension RKSE scale. Furthermore, construct validity was found for the eight dimensions of RKSE scale, while criterion-related validity demonstrated the RKSE was related to both repatriate knowledge transfer behaviors and repatriate co-worker receptiveness. The current study additionally examined, but did not find, role breadth self-efficacy and temporal orientation moderating effects on the aforementioned relationship. Through the use of this new instrument, organizations can gain improve their understanding of the attitudes and behaviors towards repatriate knowledge management.
0624: Occupational psychology
0703: Organizational behavior