Employees’ willingness to share their knowledge is essential for achieving work goals and can also affect the long-term performance and effectiveness of organizations. This study examines the circumstances in which an employee with a more proactive personality is willing to share knowledge with others. It also investigates two important mechanisms–autonomous and controlled motivation–on the relationship between having a proactive personality and knowledge sharing intention. The results of structural equation modeling (SEM) indicate that having a proactive personality fosters knowledge sharing driven by autonomous motivation. Conversely, controlled motivation restrains such knowledge sharing intention. Furthermore, our multi-method techniques also illustrate that autonomous motivation mediates the positive relationship between having a proactive personality and knowledge sharing, whereas controlled motivation negatively mediates it. This study contributes to the hospitality literature by investigating the mechanism underpinning the link between having a proactive personality and knowledge sharing intention, and the mediating role of autonomous and controlled motivation.
- hospitality workforce
- Knowledge sharing intention
- proactive personality
- self-determination theory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management