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EEO. 2021; 20(2): 635-646

Factors Influencing the Knowledge Hiding Behavior and Assessing its Role as an Obstacle of Innovation in Education Sector

Yassir Mahmood, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Fayaz, Zubair Ahmad.


This research seeks to examine the influence of workplace ostracism, T-shaped skills and workplace incivility on knowledge hiding. Furthermore within organizations, the role of knowledge hiding as an obstacle of innovation is also investigated. Based on quantitative research method, data were gathered through questionnaire from 259 respondents working in schools and colleges located in Faisalabad and Sargodha (Pakistan). The proposed relationships were tested through regression analysis. Results revealed that workplace ostracism and incivility have significant positive association with knowledge hiding. On other hand, the relationship between T-shaped skills and knowledge hiding was statistically insignificant. Moreover, the relationship of knowledge hiding with innovation speed was negatively approved. From managerial perspective, the findings of the study are vital and as some essential components of knowledge hiding have been uncovered. The findings of this study have also highlighted some implications for theory as well.

Key words: Knowledge Hiding, Innovation Speed, Education Sector, Pakistan

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