Motivation and barriers to participation in virtual knowledge-sharing communities of practice

  title={Motivation and barriers to participation in virtual knowledge-sharing communities of practice},
  author={Alexander Ardichvili and Vaughn Page and Tim L. Wentling},
  journal={J. Knowl. Manag.},
This paper reports the results of a qualitative study of motivation and barriers to employee participation in virtual knowledge‐sharing communities of practice at Caterpillar Inc., a Fortune 100, multinational corporation. The study indicates that, when employees view knowledge as a public good belonging to the whole organization, knowledge flows easily. However, even when individuals give the highest priority to the interests of the organization and of their community, they tend to shy away… 
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