The role of knowledge management in the tourism sector: a synthesis and way forward

Amitabh Anand, Varsha Pratibha Shantakumar, Birgit Muskat, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Jean Pierre Dumazert, Youssra Riahi

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Purpose: This study aims to explore and synthesize the role of knowledge management (KM) in tourism organizations (including micro, small, medium and large enterprises and destination management organizations). Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts systematic review methods to synthesize the role of KM in tourism from 90 journal articles. Findings: This study identifies the prominent theories adopted to explore the relation and impact of KM in the tourism sector, the geographic distribution of the literature and thorough qualitative synthesis. This study identifies the critical research themes investigated and the outcome of KM applications. Finally, through reviews, this study identifies critical gaps in the literature and offer promising avenues to advance the KM in tourism research. Originality/value: This is one of the few papers that comprehensively review the role of KM in the tourism industry and offer implications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2022


  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge management strategy
  • Knowledge management systems
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Tourism management
  • Tourism organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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