Understanding knowledge-hiding and its role in intersectional academia

Imran Hameed, Shajara Ul-Durar, Ghulam Ali Arain

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This chapter first aims to provide an overview of the knowledge-hiding concept by highlighting its origin and discussing some overlapping constructs. Secondly, it explains knowledge-hiding at the workplace and discusses the two levels identified in the literature, that is, horizontal and vertical knowledge-hiding. In doing so, we summarise the existing findings and their role in knowledge management practices in contemporary organisations. Thirdly, we discuss the existence of knowledge-hiding in academia, a specific work environment built on solid foundations, and a philosophy of knowledge sharing. We further identify and explain some antecedents and outcomes of knowledge-hiding in academia to understand why academics are involved in such behaviour and how it impacts individual and organisational results. In addition, we discuss knowledge-hiding in the case of students and highlight some antecedents, outcomes, and mitigating factors of student knowledge-hiding. Finally, we discuss the role of individuals' demographics in causing knowledge-hiding behaviour by looking at the effect of gender and local versus foreign (i.e., employee nationality), concluding with intersectionality as a critical area of future research in knowledge-hiding literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersectionality and Creative Business Education
Subtitle of host publicationInclusive and Diverse Cultures in Pedagogy
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783031299520
ISBN (Print)9783031299513
Publication statusPublished - Jun 29 2023


  • Academia
  • Contemporary organisations
  • Intersectionality
  • Knowledge-hiding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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