The challenges of navigating a topic to a prospective researcher: the case of knowledge management research

Jasimuddin, Sajjad M., Connell, Con and Klein, Jonathan H. (2005) The challenges of navigating a topic to a prospective researcher: the case of knowledge management research. Management Research News, 28, (1), 62-76. (doi:10.1108/01409170510784715).


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Exploring a researchable topic and narrowing it down sufficiently to make it workable is a first task in any scientific research. This is particularly difficult when the researcher is a novice, because s(he) is unlikely to be properly aware of what the essential issues and the research question(s) in the field are. This article addresses the question of how to navigate a research topic for an academic project. The article is potentially of interest to novice researchers and researchers new to a field. Illustrating its argument by means of an example in the area of knowledge management, the article proposes a set of guidelines for narrowing down a research topic to workable size. A number of recommendations are made; by utilizing these recommendations to construct a navigation map, it is hoped that a researcher can use fully formulate research question(s). It can be argued that drawing such a navigation map is an art in which prospective researchers need to be trained.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/01409170510784715
ISSNs: 0140-9174 (print)
Keywords: knowledge management, knowledge transfer, literature review, navigation process, research question, source material
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 39879
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:10

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