How Knowledge Management is Approached in Circular Economy Academic Research?

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Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings from the 14th International Forum on Knowledge Assets Dynamics: Knowledge Ecosystems and Growth
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Faculty of Economics and Administration

Keywords Knowledge management; Knowledge ecosystems; Circular economy; Systematic literature review
Description The main objective of the paper is to gain understanding and overview of how knowledge management practices are understood and approached in the current academic research of circular economy with the focus on business life. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify knowledge management concepts, implemented knowledge management methods, tools or models as well as the areas of knowledge management theory applications and the contexts of applications in the existing academic papers. The aim of the paper behind the main objective is not only to summarize existing evidence but also to draw attention of business practice to the role of knowledge management and complex knowledge ecosystems for meeting the circular economy challenges and overcoming the circular economy barriers. For this paper peer-reviewed journals articles included in the Web of Science and SCOPUS databases were analysed within the systematic literature review. The main findings show that most of the current body of knowledge management theory is ignored in circular economy and circular business literature and the interest is focused mainly on knowledge sharing, knowledge acquisition and lack of knowledge while other important themes are not elaborated at all or only marginally.
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