Silence is not Always Consent: Employee silence as a barrier to knowledge transfer
The concepts of employee silence and knowledge transfer have been studied separately and received a modest amount of attention by scholars and practitioners. However, malady the relationship between silence and knowledge transfer has not been adequately explored. Employee silence is characterized as the willful withholding of relevant and important work related information. The assumption that silence implies agreement is a longstanding (albeit misunderstood) guideline of social interaction.
“Silence may be deemed as consent or affirmation, here compliance or acquiescence, medicine or it may indicate dissent or dissatisfaction in a climate in which speaking up may be seen as useless or dangerous.”
-Blackman & Sadler-Smith
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