Business & Management Studies

Does time perspective influence knowledge hiding? Empirical evidence from Indian employees

Staying in a perspective of working towards achieving a goal is negatively associated with knowledge hiding at the workplace, says the study.


Himanshu Seth, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India

Gaurav Nagpal, BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan, India.

Namita Ruparel, School of Business, Woxsen University, Kamkole, Telangana

Rajneesh Choubisa, BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan, India.


The current study aims to explore the relationship between time perspective and knowledge hiding at the workplace.

The research adopts a cross-sectional design. Data were collected using purposive sampling technique from (n = 425) employees representing five sectors of companies.

Holding onto negative experiences of the past (past negative TP) and perceiving that one cannot control the outcomes of a circumstance (fatalistic TP) predict all three types of knowledge hiding. Staying in a perspective of working towards achieving a goal (futuristic TP) was negatively (although insignificantly) associated with knowledge hiding.

If organizations focus on shifting the time perspective of employees towards the future, KH can be curtailed. Consequently, knowledge management can be enhanced.

A decade of research has focused upon identifying dynamics of knowledge hiding at multiple levels, yet, the influence of TP on knowledge hiding is a novel empirical contribution to literature.

Published in: Development and Learning in Organizations

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