The role of AMO HR practices and knowledge sharing in developing a learning organizational culture: Evidence from the United Kingdom

Muzamil Naqshbandi, Sheik Meeran, Minseo Kim, Farooq Mughal

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Purpose: This study aims to explore how the three types of human resource (HR) practices, encapsulated in the ability, motivation and opportunity (AMO) model, foster a learning organizational culture (LOC). In doing so, the authors evaluate the centrality of knowledge sharing (KS) in mediating this relationship. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative survey is undertaken to collect data from managers working in organizations operating in the UK. The authors use several statistical techniques to assess the psychometric properties of the measures and test the hypotheses using multiple regression executed with Preacher and Hayes’ Process macro. Findings: The findings show that the AMO HR practices significantly facilitate the development of a LOC in the workplace, and KS among organizational members amplifies the effects of these HR practices in the process. Originality/value: A LOC functions as an important source of organizational performance and effectiveness. It enhances the absorptive capacity of the organization to capture, share and transfer knowledge to optimize work. Hence, developing a culture that nurtures organizational learning could be a priority for managing HR. This study, therefore, extends the understanding of the role of AMO HR practices in fostering a learning culture – thus, providing managers with the essential knowledge to improve performance. The study also enriches the literature on HR practices, KS and LOC by integrating these three variables into a unifying framework.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Early online date10 Aug 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Aug 2023


  • AMO HR practices
  • HR practices
  • Human resources
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Learning culture
  • Learning organizational culture
  • Organizational culture
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management


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