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Major Trends in Knowledge Management Research: A Bibliometric Study

 

Peyman Akhavan
Malek Ashtar University of Technology

Nader Ale Ebrahim
University of Malaya (UM) – Research Support Unit, Centre for Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP); University of Malaya (UM) – Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Mahdieh A. Fetrati
Aalborg University – Department of Business and Management

Amir Pezeshkan
Old Dominion University

June 1, 2016

Scientometrics, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 1249-1264, June, 2016.

Abstract:
This study provides an overview of the knowledge management literature from 1980 through 2014. We employ bibliometric and text mining analyses on a sample of 500 most cited articles to examine the impact of factors such as number of authors, references, pages, and keywords on the number of citations that they received. We also investigate major trends in knowledge management literature including the contribution of different countries, variations across publication years, and identifying active research areas and major journal outlets. Our study serves as a resource for future studies by shedding light on how trends in knowledge management research have evolved over time and demonstrating the characteristics of the most cited articles in this literature. Specifically, our results reveal that the most cited articles are from United States and United Kingdom. The most prolific year in terms of the number of published articles is 2009 and in terms of the number of citations is 2012. We also found a positive relationship between the number of publications’ keywords, references, and pages and the number of citations that they have received. Finally, the Journal of Knowledge Management has the largest share in publishing the most cited articles in this field.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Bibliometric; Citation analysis; Knowledge management; Research productivity

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, Q31, Q32, P24, P42, P29, L17

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Date posted: May 17, 2016
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Akhavan, Peyman and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Fetrati, Mahdieh A. and Pezeshkan, Amir, Major Trends in Knowledge Management Research: A Bibliometric Study (June 1, 2016). Scientometrics, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 1249-1264, June, 2016.. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2780741

Major trends in knowledge management research a bibliometric study

About The Author

Nader Ale Ebrahim is Technology Management PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the mechanical engineering from University of Tehran with distinguished honors, as well as more than 17 years experience in the establishing R&D department in different companies, project director and project coordinator and Knowledge based system implementation in R&D department. His current research interests are focused on managing virtual new product development teams in SMEs R&D centers. His papers/articles have presented in the several Journals and conferences.

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