The Relation between Knowledge-Sharing Behaviour within a Virtual Community of Practice and Employees’ Organisational Commitment.

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Because there is a lack of knowledge on the relation between the use of virtual communities of practice (VCoPs) and employees, this study focused on the hypothesized relations between knowledge-sharing behaviour within a VCoP and the perceived autonomy at work, the perceived competence at work, the perceived relatedness at work and the organisational commitment among employees. A total of 78 employees of a well-known Dutch bank, that uses the VCoP Yammer, took the online survey. Results showed that the level of activity within the VCoP does not relate to the employee’s affective organisational commitment. The level of activity within a VCoP does however, positively relate to the perceived competence at work. This means that implementation and use of VCoPs could enhance perceived competence at work. This study however, did not reveal any causal relationships. In future research it might be interest! ing to in vestigate the directions of the found relations in this study. Also, it could be interesting to see if results of this study differ across different organisations and industries.
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