Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 22, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Thongpapanl



Date: Friday Dec. 6, 2013
Time: 1:30 - 3pm
Location:
Ernst & Young Boardroom
Speaker:
Dr. Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl (Brock University)
Topics: What's formalization got to do with it? The interplay story between ORGANIZATIONAL social capital, internal knowledge sharing, and entrepreneurial orientation

Prior research has established that organizational social capital is an instrumental, enabling factor for cross-functional knowledge sharing (Leana & van Buren, 1999; Tsai & Ghoshal, 1998) as well as for the subsequent entrepreneurial orientation (Covin & Slevin, 1991; Hornsby, Kuratko, Shepherd, & Bott, 2009; Kuratko, Ireland, Covin, & Hornsby, 2005). 

This study contributes to this line of research investigations by considering the mediating role of internal knowledge sharing in the relationship between two critical aspects of organizational social capital (trust and goal congruence) and EO, and how this chain of relationships might be moderated by the firm?s level of formalization. It empirically shows that higher levels of internal knowledge sharing relate to stronger EO, and such knowledge sharing in turn results from higher levels of trust and goal congruence.

It further provides a nuanced picture of the role of formalization in this process. High formalization increases the potency of trust to enhance internal knowledge sharing, while also mitigating the importance of goal congruence. High formalization also hinders the subsequent conversion of internal knowledge sharing into EO.