Title

Attention allocation and online knowledge sharing within organizations

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

8-2014

Abstract

Why do individuals allocate attention to specific problems in organizations? Viewing attention allocation as a matching process between knowledge providers and problems, we examine knowledge sharing in the context of an online discussion forum where knowledge providers respond to problems posted by other organization members. We argue that a knowledge provider is less likely to allocate attention to a problem to the extent that the problem creates cognitive load or the situation creates cognitive crowding for the provider, but that these concerns can be mitigated by expertise complementarity between the provider and the problem. Analyzing 1,251 realized matches and 12,510 unrealized matches among knowledge providers and problems posted in an online discussion forum within a global engineering firm over a 32-month period, we find evidence to support our central claim that attention allocation is driven by the features of a particular provider-problem match. The implications for organizational theories of knowledge sharing and managerial attention are discussed.

Keywords

Attention, knowledge sharing, online technology

Discipline

Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Academy of Management Proceedings: 74th AOM 2014, August 1-4

First Page

91

Last Page

96

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2014.38

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Briarcliff, NY

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.38

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