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How do small family businesses enhance workplace learning? From knowledge sharing and hiding perspectives

Wen, B, Foster, S and Abbass, K (2023) How do small family businesses enhance workplace learning? From knowledge sharing and hiding perspectives. International Journal of HRD Practices , Policy and Research, 7. pp. 2-98. ISSN 2397-4583

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Organizational learning is an effective approach to help small family businesses retain competitiveness by increasing the knowledge of employees. Knowledge sharing, an act of making knowledge available to others, has been broadly recognized as the key to organizational learning. However, compared with sharing knowledge, employees prefer hiding knowledge, which may impede organizational learning. Hence, this study aims to explore how a small family business enhances organizational learning, from knowledge sharing and hiding perspectives. Data was gathered from twenty-two key employees through semi-structured interviews in a small Chinese family business where the local government has accredited its training and development, patents, and intellectual properties. The results revealed that employees held different motivations for knowledge sharing and hiding, influenced by the corporate context of the small family firm. The unfairness toward non-family employees was the most significant reason for knowledge hiding, undermining employee learning. It contributes to understanding learning in SMEs by investigating knowledge sharing and hiding in a small family business. This paper provides theoretical and practical implications for human resource development (HRD) in the small family business context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; 1503 Business and Management; 1605 Policy and Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO) & University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2023 15:28
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 15:30
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21422
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