Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Management, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Industrial management, Faculty Of management, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Continuous changes in today’s business environment, have led institutions to recognize knowledge as their key capital. Knowledge has become a key source in every organization. This study while, considering importance of knowledge in current organizational activities, is looking for the antecedents as well as the consequences of knowledge sharing using the grounded theory.The present study is a developmental research in the first phase and an applied one in the second phase. In the first phase it is an exploratory research and in the second phase it is an explanatory research. Moreover, it is a qualitative type with grounded theory approach in the first phase, while a quantitative method employing the structural equations in the second phase. The statistical population is the Hamkaran System Group. A purposive snowball sampling is employed in the first phase and a random sampling in the second one. Sample size is 17 people for first phase and 253 people for second phase. Results reviewed by two professors and points were made for the purpose of either revising or modifying the theory. Results of the grounded theory led to detection of 22 key factors e.g: distribution of knowledge as a central phenomenon, intra-organizational order, synergy formation, knowledge retesting, maturity-oriented development and safe margins of knowledge distribution. Theoretical comparison, structural equations and path analysis were applied for their relations and influences


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