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Book chapter

The Topics Dynamics in Knowledge Management Research

P. 324-335.
Zelenkov Y.

The intellectual structure of academic discipline can be viewed as a set of interacting topics evolving over time. Dynamics of those topics i.e. changes in their popularity and impact is the subject of special attention because it reflects a shift in actual researchers’ interest. This paper analyzes topics of knowledge management (KM) on the base of the topic modeling technique (namely Latent Dirichlet Allocation). Studying the flow of academic publications in 7 leading journals in 2010–2018, we identified 8 topics that concern different aspects of knowledge management science. Three topics, what focus on the social aspects of knowledge management (namely the context supporting knowledge transfer, the employees’ incentives to share knowledge, and innovation), grow in terms of popularity and impact. Opposite, popularity and impact of topics, which focus on the practice of the knowledge management and organizational learning also as on the impact of intellectual capital on performance, decline. It is consistent with the opinion of other researchers that in the contemporary flow of scientific publication role of KM is identified more as a social process than a management engineering method.