Major trends in knowledge management research: a bibliometric study

 

ArticleScientometrics

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 1249-1264

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Major trends in knowledge management research: a bibliometric study

  • Peyman Akhavan 
  • , Nader Ale Ebrahim 
  • , Mahdieh A. Fetrati 
  • , Amir Pezeshkan 

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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.

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Bibliometric Citation analysis Knowledge management Research productivity

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Title
Major trends in knowledge management research: a bibliometric study
Journal
Scientometrics
Volume 107, Issue 3 , pp 1249-1264
Cover Date
2016-06
DOI
10.1007/s11192-016-1938-x
Print ISSN
0138-9130
Online ISSN
1588-2861
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
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Keywords
  • Bibliometric
  • Citation analysis
  • Knowledge management
  • Research productivity
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Author Affiliations
  • 1. Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 2. Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 3. Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
  • 4. Department of Management and International Business, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21201, USA

About Nader Ale Ebrahim

Nader Ale Ebrahim has Technology Management PhD degree from 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 implemented 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. Nader Ale Ebrahim is worldwide well-known as the founder of “Research Tools” Box. "Research Tools" box is designed to help students who seek to reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to more effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
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