Adaptation and Context
Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 2: Previous research on knowledge management in various contexts
This chapter reports from a study of works published in the Journal of Knowledge Management (Emerald), which all somehow (implicitly or explicitly) have taken up the relevance of knowledge management to organizations in certain specific contexts. The literature search was conducted in June 2013. All articles from the journal that seemed to address knowledge management in any certain context were first selected. The relatively large number of articles was thereafter reduced, after reading the abstracts and skimming the articles. The final search criteria used was that the term ‘knowledge management’ in relation to any certain context should appear in title, text, abstract or among the keywords. As many as 116 articles were selected and studied in more depth. It is, of course, difficult to tell whether or not these articles give a fair picture of works on knowledge management in various contexts in general. However, the Journal of Knowledge Management seems to be a good and pretty strong representative for the area of knowledge management, especially since the journal publishes both academic and more practice-oriented contributions. It should be made clear that this chapter only evaluates the articles’ contributions to advising on the relevance of knowledge management to organizations in different contexts. The articles that show less relevance have, definitely, other merits, which, however, are not explored here.
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