Preprint Open Access
The theory and practice of knowledge management shares concerns and approaches with a number of other areas of research, some of which preceded its formalization as a field. In the age of the internet, the challenges that the field of knowledge management addresses, such as the difficulty of synthesizing, interpreting, and managing large streams of information, are no longer confined to professional disciplines and are present in everyday life. The commonality and timelessness of these concerns presents a potential problem for the field of knowledge management that, ironically, the field itself often seeks to address: the creation of silos, sometimes referred to as “islands”, in the knowledge base. The purpose of this paper is to present an exploratory bibliometric analysis of the various areas of research which share concerns, approach, and scope in common with knowledge management. Search-strings associated with selected areas of research were used to query Google Scholar in various combinations in search of co-occurrence, results were quantified and visualized. The results show variable couplings and differential prevalence of keywords, and serve as a starting point for targeted analyses and next steps.