Determinants of top-down knowledge hiding in firms: an individual-level perspective

  • Atif Saleem ButtEmail author
Original Article


While effective knowledge management is vital in supply chain networks, it is important to note that senior managers can also engage in the process of hiding knowledge. The purpose of this paper is to explore factors, which motivate senior managers of buying and supplying firms to deliberately hide knowledge from their managers in the supply chain context. Findings from multiple case studies suggest that, senior managers intentionally hide knowledge from their managers based on five individual-level reasons: indispensability, career prospects, job security, restricted permissions by business partners, and higher own profits. This paper concludes by discussing its implications to theory and practice, alongside limitations and future research directions.


Knowledge hiding Supply chain management Case study UAE 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, School of BusinessAmerican University of Ras Al KhaimahRas Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates

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