Essays on Research and Practice Trends in Knowledge Management Annotated Bibliography

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The paper "Research and Practice Trends in Knowledge Management" is a great example of a management annotated bibliography.   Knowledge management is a process that involves developing, storing, retrieving and disseminating information and expertise in an organization in the form of people skills, documents, and resources in order to support as well as improve business performance. According to Alavi & Leidner (2001, p. 121), research trends in knowledge management show that this is a multifaceted concept. The existing literature on knowledge management reveals a lot about the various emerging trends in various theoretical and methodological approaches. This annotated bibliography analyzes the issues of research and practice trends in knowledge management, which have been highlighted in different studies.

The first research paper under review is by Patton (2001), who evaluates various knowledge management standards relating. The second article is by Pan (1999), who focuses on practical aspects of knowledge management on the basis of a case study. The third article is by Ross (2001), who investigates the knowledge flow model that is used in R& D processes. In the fourth article, the analysis by Wilson (2002) of the inconsistent usages of the term ‘ knowledge management’ in the current literature is presented.

The fifth article is by Grover (2001), who presents a general perspective on the trends followed in knowledge management research. Aim/Purpose of the articleThe purpose of this paper was to highlight various best knowledge management practices and the high-quality lessons that have been learned in efforts to come up with these practices. The study evaluates the different meanings derived in efforts to come up with a standard procedure for knowledge management. The researcher found out that the high-quality lessons learned are a representation of various principles that are extrapolated from different sources and before being triangulated in order to make them more transferable in an independent manner.

The evaluation profession was found to face many challenges, one of them being to maintain a degree of rigor in all different discussions on ‘ best practices’ in knowledge management.  


Alavi, M, & Leidner, D 2001, ‘Review: Knowledge Management and Knowledge Management Systems: Conceptual Foundations and Research Issues’ MIS Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 1 pp. 107-136.

Galunic, D 2001, ‘Resource recombinations in the firm: knowledge structures and the potential for Schumpeterian innovation’, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 19, No. 12, pp.1193-1201.

Grover, V, 2001, ‘General Perspectives on Knowledge Management: Fostering a Research Agenda’ Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 5-21.

Marwick, A 2001, ‘Knowledge management technology’, IBM Systems Journal, Vol. 40, No.4, pp. 814 – 830.

Pan, S, 1999, ‘Knowledge Management in Practice: An Exploratory Case Study’ Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 359 – 374.

Patton, M, 2001, Evaluation, Knowledge Management, Best Practices, and High Quality Lessons Learned, American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 22, No. 6, p. 329.

Ross, A, (2001) ‘Knowledge Management in Research and Development’, Research-Technology Management, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 28-48.

Wilson, T, 2002, ‘The nonsense of 'knowledge management', Information Research, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 16-28.

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