African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4164

Full Length Research Paper

Mapping knowledge management authoring patterns and practices

Carla Curado1*, Mírian Oliveira2 and  Antônio Carlos Gastaud Maçada3
1ADVANCE, Centro de Investigação Avançada em Gestão do ISEG, ISEG - School of Economics and Management - Technical University of Lisbon - Rua Miguel Lupi, 20, 1249-078 Lisboa, Portugal. 2Faculdade de Administração, Contabilidade e Economia (FACE), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Av. Ipiranga, 6681, Porto Alegre, RS, CEP 90619-900, Brazil. 3Escola de Administração (EA),  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Rua Washigton Luis 855, Porto Alegre, RS, Cep 90010-460, Brazil.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 June 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


This paper examines the literature on knowledge management (KM) in order to identify the typical authoring patterns and the focus of the content of published research. The study explores the argument that the inter-organizational level of analysis is explored less frequently than the intra-organizational level. The article reports on KM researchers and practices based on evidence from six journals ranked in the journal citation report covering several decades of publications. Based on this review, articles can generally be seen to have two co-authors from two different universities within the same country. The study confirms that published research is mainly empirical; largely adopting the intra-organizational level of analysis, with the people element being the least explored comparing to technology and process elements. This research gap represents an opportunity for authors to contribute with studies focusing on the inter-organizational level.


Key words: Knowledge management, research mapping, inter-organizational, intra-organizational, processes, technology, people.