Incentives for knowledge creation and sharing demonstrates an institution’s commitment to knowledge creation and sharing. It shows that the institution’s top management is ready to devote resources to enhance knowledge creation and sharing skills of its staff. This research investigated the incentives put in place for academic staff to create and share knowledge. The study was guided by the one objective: how knowledge is created and the sharing process by the academic staff. The study employed the mixed method design (convergent parallel design) which involves collecting and analyzing two independent aspects of quantitative and qualitative data at the same time or in a single phase. The findings revealed that there are no adequate incentives for knowledge creation and sharing, incentive provision practices were poor, no formal mechanisms in place to encourage knowledge creation and sharing and lastly inadequate resources at the University to encourage knowledge creation and sharing.The paper recommended amongst others, provision of adequate incentives and motivators, provision of adequate resources and infrastructure and a formal framework of incentives to encourage knowledge creation and sharing. Generally speaking, the study would assist any university, either public or private, to have a better understanding of the role of incentives in knowledge creation and sharing in Universities. Ascertaining the roles of incentives will enable these institutions to build an environment that nurtures creation and knowledge sharing. The findings of this study will contribute to literature on knowledge creation and sharing and the overall body of knowledge in the field of Knowledge Management.
Keywords: Incentives, Knowledge sharing, Knowledge creation, Technical University of Kenya