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      Elongating Nexus Between Workplace Factors and Knowledge Hiding Behavior: Mediating Role of Job Anxiety

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          The study objective is to investigate the relationship between workplace ostracism, workplace incivility, and knowledge hiding behavior (evasive hiding, playing dumb, rationalized hiding) while considering the mediating role of job anxiety.

          Methods

          The study collected data through structured questionnaires from 275 participants (ie, employees) working in the small to medium-sized enterprise of five big cities of Pakistan. The study adopted a structured equation modeling technique for data analysis.

          Results

          Significantly, the study results suggest a positive effect of workplace ostracism and workplace incivility on employees’ knowledge hiding behavior, and job anxiety significantly mediates the relationship between workplace ostracism, workplace incivility, and knowledge hiding behavior of employees.

          Conclusion

          The present study highlights the need to examine the personality disposition for understanding the relationship between the variables (eg, workplace ostracism, workplace incivility, knowledge hiding behavior). Employees’ inappropriate behavior had suppressed by initiating a campaign for a realistic job preview, setting an exceptional example. The study significantly contributes to the current literature on knowledge hiding behavior by presenting valuable insight into organizational and individual variables, subsequently influencing the knowledge hiding behavior of individuals. Indeed, this study is the first to investigate the predictive effect of the proposed variables.

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                Journal
                Psychol Res Behav Manag
                Psychol Res Behav Manag
                prbm
                Psychology Research and Behavior Management
                Dove
                1179-1578
                25 February 2022
                2022
                : 15
                : 441-457
                Affiliations
                [1 ]School of Business, Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology , Loudi, Hunan, 417000, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]School of Economics and Management North China Electric Power University , Beijing, 102206, People’s Republic of China
                [3 ]School of Economics and Management, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University , Shijiazhuang, Hebei, 050043, People’s Republic of China
                [4 ]Department of Commerce & Business, Government College University Faisalabad, Layyah Campus , Layyah, 31200, Pakistan
                [5 ]Faculty of Management in Production and Transportation, Politehnica University of Timisoara , Timisoara, Romania
                [6 ]College of International Students, Wuxi University, 214105, Wuxi, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Muddassar Sarfraz, Email muddassar.sarfraz@gmail.com
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                http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2867-6910
                http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2106-9173
                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4990-5439
                http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6165-732X
                http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1506-5467
                Article
                348467
                10.2147/PRBM.S348467
                8888195
                35250318
                11d6a2bd-c8bf-4f03-bc73-4ef61fc3c8ef
                © 2022 Mohsin et al.

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                History
                : 09 November 2021
                : 10 February 2022
                Page count
                Figures: 3, Tables: 10, References: 82, Pages: 17
                Funding
                This work is supported by the construct program of applied characteristic discipline “Applied Economics” Hunan Province.
                Categories
                Original Research

                Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
                workplace ostracism,workplace incivility,job anxiety,knowledge hiding behavior,smes

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