Gatekeepers and knowledge sharing in inter-organizational project networks

Mehrnoush Sarafan, Benn Lawson, Brian Squire

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding


Sharing knowledge among multiple organizations is key to addressing adaptation challenges and unforeseen issues involved in the delivery of inter-firm projects. While much research has focused on governance and institutional factors within these projects, less attention has been paid to individual boundary spanners, who act as gatekeepers for the transfer of knowledge to other organizations. We draw on self-determination theory to examine how the mode of governance (shared versus lead) and motivational climate (mastery and performance) affects psychological needs satisfaction, and ultimately, boundary spanners’ knowledge sharing motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Annual Meeting
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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