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Social capital and knowledge sharing in the public sector


Author - Affiliation:
Ha Minh Tri - International University, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Doan Bao Son - Faculty of Aeronautical Electrics and Telecommunication, Vietnam Aviation Academy, Vietnam
Corresponding author: hmtri@hcmiu.edu.vn
DOI:10.46223/HCMCOUJS.soci.en.11.1.1903.2021

Abstract
This research proposes and validates a model hypothesizing the relationships between social capital and knowledge sharing in the public sector. We employed a survey design using a questionnaire to collect data utilizing a convenient sampling method. The study gathered 389 questionnaires from civil servants and officials working in departments and agencies in the public sector in Tien Giang province. The research hypotheses were developed and validated using the structural model modeling (SEM) approach. The research results show that all hypothesized relationships were confirmed except the link between structural social capital and tacit knowledge sharing. Our study can be considered a pioneering study to investigate the influence of social capital on both tacit knowledge sharing and explicit knowledge sharing in the public sector. This work also enriches the growing body of knowledge regarding social capital and knowledge sharing in the public sector. Our research also offers suggestions to leaders in the public sector concerning relevant measures and policies that enable employees to share knowledge by promoting social capital.

Keywords
explicit knowledge sharing; public sector; social capital; tacit knowledge sharing

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