A scientometric analysis of knowledge management and intellectual capital academic literature (1994-2008)

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PurposeThe purpose of this study is to conduct a scientometric analysis of the body of literature contained in 11 major knowledge management and intellectual capital (KM/IC) peer-reviewed journals. Design/methodology/approachA total of 2,175 articles published in 11 major KM/IC peer-reviewed journals were carefully reviewed and subjected to scientometric data analysis techniques. FindingsA number of research questions pertaining to country, institutional and individual productivity, co-operation patterns, publication frequency, and favourite inquiry methods were proposed and answered. Based on the findings, many implications emerged that improve one's understanding of the identity of KM/IC as a distinct scientific field. Research limitations/implicationsThe pool of KM/IC journals examined did not represent all available publication outlets, given that at least 20 peer-reviewed journals exist in the KM/IC field. There are also KM/IC papers published in other non-KM/IC specific journals. However, the 11 journals that were selected for the study have been evaluated by Bontis and Serenko as the top publications in the KM/IC area. Practical implicationsPractitioners have played a significant role in developing the KM/IC field. However, their contributions have been decreasing. There is still very much a need for qualitative descriptions and case studies. It is critically important that practitioners consider collaborating with academics for richer research projects. Originality/valueThis is the most comprehensive scientometric analysis of the KM/IC field ever conducted.

Keywords: Intellectual capital; Knowledge management; Productivity rate

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13673271011015534

Publication date: February 23, 2010

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