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The quality of evidence in knowledge management research: practitioner versus scholarly literature

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The quality of evidence in knowledge management research: practitioner versus scholarly literature
The fragmentation of knowledge management (KM) as a field and as an area of research poses serious theoretical challenges for researchers. The viability of KM rests on how the community responds to these challenges, but it also depends on how they garner empirical support for their purported theories. One aspect of this would involve the evaluation of the evidence provided in KM research. This paper presents a comparative study of the evidence that is presented in scholarly and professional literature on KM. For this purpose, the paper introduces a typology of evidence to analyze the data obtained from the survey of the literature. The classification based on this typology reveals quantitative difference between the types of evidence put forth in the scholarly and practitioner literature. More interestingly, however, our analysis reveals differences in terms of the questions they ask, the perspective they adopt, and the methods they follow to convince others of the validity of their c...
Hamid R. Ekbia, Noriko Hara
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where JIS
Authors Hamid R. Ekbia, Noriko Hara
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