Knowledge sharing in dynamic labour environments: Insights from Australia

Kalotina Chalkiti

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Purpose: The purpose of this research is to understand how knowledge sharing takes place in the dynamic labour environment of Darwin's hospitality industry in the Northern Territory of Australia. Design/methodology/approach: Three hotels, part of the same hotel chain, were used as a case study. Data were acquired through 76 semi-structured interviews and validated through two focus groups over an eight-month period. Findings: The research revealed that organisational and individual factors supported knowledge sharing in the dynamic labour environment of Darwin's hospitality industry. Noteworthy were the participant's attitudes to knowledge sharing as well as the role of social interactions and social networks as they enabled peers to familiarise with one another both professionally and non-professionally. The product of this familiarity was people knowledge that enabled their adaptation to multiple levels (place, industry, hotels, and peers) and in turn helped them to share knowledge with peers irrespective of labour instability. Research limitations/implications: The research focused only on one aspect of knowledge management (knowledge sharing) and the front office departments of three hotels located in Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia. Practical implications: The research provides a knowledge sharing strategy that could help practitioners nurture knowledge sharing in environments of high turnover. Originality/value: The research contributes to the scant literature available on knowledge sharing strategies in environments of high turnover. � Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-541
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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