ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 4    Issue : 4    Date : June 2009

Empirical Study on the Influence of Social Capital to Informal Knowledge Transfer among Individuals
Zhihong Li and Tao Zhu
Page(s): 291-298
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Informal knowledge transfer among individuals is a crucial section of organization knowledge
management. Based on theories of knowledge transfer, the hypotheses of influence of social capital to
informal knowledge transfer among individuals were proposed. By empirical study, this paper verified
and revised the model, and revealed that three dimensions of social capital not only have a direct
significant effect on informal knowledge transfer performance among individuals, but also have an
indirect effect on the informal knowledge transfer performance among individuals by impacting on
knowledge transfer opportunities, motives and ability respectively. The results obtained in this study
can provide some useful guidance for organizations to enhance knowledge innovation by the
promotion of informal knowledge transfer among individuals.

Index Terms
social capital; knowledge transfer; informal knowledge; informal knowledge transfer among
individuals; organization knowledge management