讲座题目：Am I Motivated to Share Knowledge for Better Innovative Performance? An Approach and Avoidance Framework
Past research has long emphasized the critical roles of approach and avoidance motivation orientations in people's creative and innovative performance. However, it has generated mixed results and suggested the possibility of multiple pathways and mechanisms to explain these relationships. In this paper, we first argue that employees' approach and avoidance motivation orientations are likely to guide their knowledge sharing behaviors, which, in turn, influence their innovative performance. We differentiate between explicit and implicit knowledge sharing and posit that approach motivation orientation is positively associated with both types of knowledge sharing. In addition, we argue that while avoidance motivation orientation is positively related to explicit knowledge sharing, it is negatively related to implicit knowledge sharing. From a support-threat perspective, we also propose that perceived organizational support and psychological contract breach moderate the effects of approach and avoidance motivation orientations, respectively. We tested these relationships in a survey of 331 employees and their supervisors in two organizations in China. The results supported all of the hypothesized relationships, except for the relationship between avoidance motivation orientation and explicit knowledge sharing, which was only significant when psychological contract breach was lower. After presenting this research, the speaker will also share the Revision-and-Resubmission experience.
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Xiaowan Lin is an Associate Professor of Management at Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Macau. Her research interests include organizational justice, employee motivation, employee voice behavior and other proactive behaviors, knowledge sharing, creativity, and innovation. She has published papers in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, Management International Review, Group and Organization Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, etc. She has been serving as an associate editor of Asian Journal of Social Psychology, and a member of the editorial board of Human Relations.