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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012

Authorship Productivity in the Knowledge Management Literature
Danny Wallace

Monday, 3:30pm


A Lotka analysis was conducted of 14,149 references to knowledge management publications retrieved from a search of the ABI/Inform database. Results indicate that the sample of knowledge management publications conforms to the negative power distribution typical of Lotka analyses. Calculated Lotka constants were within expected parameters. A Kolmogorov-Smirnov test revealed no significant differences between observed and expected distributions. It is concluded that the knowledge management literature conforms to the principles of Lotka's Law. Analysis of author affiliations revealed that academics were prevalent among the most productive authors but that the top five authors in terms of productivity were practitioners.