When and how knowledge sharing benefits team creativity: The importance of cognitive team diversity

Chenghao Men, Sik Wah Fong, Jinlian Luo, Jing Zhong, Weiwei Huo

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We tested our hypotheses with a sample of 86 knowledge worker teams involving 381 employees and employers in China. Results demonstrate that knowledge sharing was positively related to team creativity, fully mediated by both absorptive capacity and knowledge integration. In addition, cognitive team diversity played a moderating role in the relationship between knowledge sharing and absorptive capacity, as well as in the relationship between knowledge sharing and knowledge integration. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings on knowledge management and team creativity are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Management and Organization
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Oct 2017


  • absorptive capacity
  • cognitive team diversity
  • knowledge integration
  • knowledge sharing
  • team creativity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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