Is organizational learning being absorbed by knowledge management? A systematic review

This paper aims to focus on research regarding organizational learning (OL) and knowledge management (KM), and to specifically investigate whether OL has been conceptually absorbed by KM. The study is based on 16,185 articles from the Scopus and ISI Web of Science databases, using VantagePoint 10.0 software. The method used in this study is a systematic literature review covering KM and OL publications from the 1970s, when the OL field started to grow, up to 2016.  Scopus and ISI Web of Science were chosen  because of their academic prestige. However, these databases include a large number of articles on KM and OL. Search terms used could exclude some relevant terms, although all major descriptive terms have been included. This is the first paper to jointly analyse the evolution of KM and OL. This paper shows a conceptual absorption of OL into KM, which may enrich academic discussion and also provide some clarity to the conceptualization of these two fields.

Author(s): Delio Ignacio Castaneda, Luisa Fernanda Manrique, Sergio Cuellar
Organization: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Source: Journal of Knowledge Management
Year: 2017

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