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Perceived mastery climate, felt trust, and knowledge sharing

12.12.2017Comments are closed.


felt trust,
knowledge sharing,
motivational climate,
multilevel modeling


  • Nerstad, C.G.L.,
  • Searle, R.,
  • Černe, M.,
  • Dysvik, A.,
  • Škerlavaj, M.,
  • Scherer, R.


On the basis of a multisource, multiwave field study among 956 employees from five Norwegian organizations, we examined the predictive roles of perceived mastery climate and employee felt trust for employees’ knowledge sharing. Drawing on the achievement goal theory, we develop and test a model to demonstrate that when employees perceive a mastery climate, they are more likely to feel trusted by their supervisors at both the individual and group levels. Moreover, the relationship between employees’ perceptions of a mastery climate and supervisor‐rated knowledge sharing is mediated by perceptions of being trusted by the supervisor.

Purpose of the article:

Interpersonal trust is associated with a range of adaptive outcomes, including knowledge sharing. However, to date, our knowledge of antecedents and consequences of employees feeling trusted by supervisors in organizations remains limited. The purpose of this article is to add to the understanding of felt trust across individual and group levels.


Journal of Organizational Behavior


JCR Impact Factor: 3.607; ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/80 (Psychology Applied); 26/121 (Business); 29/194 (Management)

The article is available here.

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