Title

Organizational culture and willingness to share knowledge: a competing values perspective in Australian context

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Wiewiora, A, Trigunarsyah, B, Murphy, G & Coffey, V 2013, 'Organizational culture and willingness to share knowledge: a competing values perspective in Australian context', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1163-1174.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.12.014

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

A considerable amount of research has confirmed the relationship between organizational culture and knowledge sharing behaviours. However, less research has been conducted on the impact of project sub-cultures in relation to the sharing of knowledge between projects, particularly in project based organizations (PBOs). The unique structures and contexts characterized by PBOs indicate the need to investigate further the impact of cultures present within PBOs and their effect on knowledge sharing. We report on a rich case study of four large Australian-based PBOs whereby the cultural values of these large organizations were seen to impact significantly on whether project teams were more or less likely to improve inter-project knowledge sharing. Furthermore, this research demonstrates the utility of using Cameron and Quinn's (2005) Competing Values Framework to evaluate culture in the context of PBOs.