The Mediating Effect of Incentive and Reward System on the Relationship between Enterprise Ownership and Knowledge Sharing in Electronic Industry in Southern China

By Sheung Chun Lai and Canon Tong.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Knowledge sharing is playing an increasingly important role in the knowledge management domain and is a key to leveraging experiences and expertise from overseas. Today, electronics enterprises have to acquire the latest knowledge and know-how effectively and efficiently. With more than half of the world’s electronics produced in southern China by family owned enterprises, there is a good reason for Chinese electronics enterprises to adapt effective knowledge sharing practices. Therefore, family ownership was hypothesized to be a critical factor influencing knowledge sharing. In the past decade, a number of empirical studies have investigated the effect of family ownership in western countries. Incentive and Reward system was identified as one of critical successful factors (CSFs) by these studies. This study investigated the direct effect of family ownership and the mediating effect of the incentive system on knowledge sharing in electronics enterprises in southern China. The research results indicate that ‘family-owned’ factor significantly influences knowledge sharing. Incentive and reward system was found to be a significant mediator on the relationship between ‘family-owned’ factor and knowledge sharing. The outcome of the study provides insights into the influence of family ownership on knowledge sharing through either a direct effect or a mediating effect. The research provides some empirical evidence that may contribute to China maintaining its effective and efficient share of the world’s electronics products. The study is unique in that it investigated the mediating effects of incentive system on the ownership and knowledge sharing relationship in southern China.

Keywords: Component, Family-owned, Incentive Systems, Mediating Effect, Knowledge Sharing

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.399-422. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.728MB).

Sheung Chun Lai

Doctoral Student, Business Administration, University of South Australia, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Doctor of Business Administration student

Dr. Canon Tong

University of South Australia, Hong Kong


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