Is Introversion an Obstacle in Tacit Knowledge Sharing through Socialization? A Study on how Personality Traits Influence Knowledge Sharing Behavior


  • Anne Karete Nowers Hvidsten Dalhousie University


In today‘s knowledge-based economy, efficient management of an organization‘s intellectual capital is becoming increasingly important. Tacit knowledge, as opposed to explicit knowledge, is an organization‘s most vital knowledge, and this knowledge should be shared among co-workers in an efficient way. It is therefore crucial for managers to be aware of which factors that have an either positive or negative impact on the sharing of tacit knowledge. Personality is a factor that influence tacit knowledge sharing. Tacit knowledge is best shared through practices that require social interaction. This paper investigates the relation between tacit knowledge sharing and introversion in particular. Introverts are perceived to be withdrawn, quiet, and to have poorer social skills than extraverts, and therefore might have an inhibiting effect on knowledge sharing. However, by examining existing literature, this paper shows that typical introverted personality traits serve as both motivators and obstacles in tacit knowledge sharing.

Author Biography

Anne Karete Nowers Hvidsten, Dalhousie University

Anne Karete N. Hvidsten is a 2016 candidate for the Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. Originally from Norway, she came to Canada to pursue her interest in Information and Knowledge Management. This paper was written for the course MGMT 5008 – Knowledge Management.


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