ERA

Download the full-sized PDF of The intellectual structure and substance of the knowledge utilization field: A longitudinal author co-citation analysis, 1945-2004Download the full-sized PDF

Analytics

Share

Permanent link (DOI): https://doi.org/10.7939/R3513V29G

Download

Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley

Communities

This file is in the following communities:

Nursing, Faculty of

Collections

This file is in the following collections:

Health Systems
Nursing Education

The intellectual structure and substance of the knowledge utilization field: A longitudinal author co-citation analysis, 1945-2004 Open Access

Descriptions

Author or creator
Estabrooks, C.A.
Derksen, L.
Winther, C.
Lavis, J.
Wallin, L.
Profetto-McGrath, J.
Scott, S.
Additional contributors
Subject/Keyword
Applied social research
Evidence based medicine
Technology transfer
Practice gap
Similarity measures
Citation analysis
Diffusion
United states
Health care
Invisible college
Type of item
Journal Article (Published)
Language
English
Place
Time
Description
Background: It has been argued that science and society are in the midst of a far-reaching renegotiation of the social contract between science and society, with society becoming a far more active partner in the creation of knowledge. On the one hand, new forms of knowledge production are emerging, and on the other, both science and society are experiencing a rapid acceleration in new forms of knowledge utilization. Concomitantly since the Second World War, the science underpinning the knowledge utilization field has had exponential growth. Few in-depth examinations of this field exist, and no comprehensive analyses have used bibliometric methods. Methods: Using bibliometric analysis, specifically first author co-citation analysis, our group undertook a domain analysis of the knowledge utilization field, tracing its historical development between 1945 and 2004. Our purposes were to map the historical development of knowledge utilization as a field, and to identify the changing intellectual structure of its scientific domains. We analyzed more than 5,000 articles using citation data drawn from the Web of Science (R). Search terms were combinations of knowledge, research, evidence, guidelines, ideas, science, innovation, technology, information theory and use, utilization, and uptake. Results: We provide an overview of the intellectual structure and how it changed over six decades. The field does not become large enough to represent with a co-citation map until the mid-1960s. Our findings demonstrate vigorous growth from the mid-1960s through 2004, as well as the emergence of specialized domains reflecting distinct collectives of intellectual activity and thought. Until the mid-1980s, the major domains were focused on innovation diffusion, technology transfer, and knowledge utilization. Beginning slowly in the mid-1980s and then growing rapidly, a fourth scientific domain, evidence-based medicine, emerged. The field is dominated in all decades by one individual, Everett Rogers, and by one paradigm, innovation diffusion. Conclusion: We conclude that the received view that social science disciplines are in a state where no accepted set of principles or theories guide research (i.e., that they are pre-paradigmatic) could not be supported for this field. Second, we document the emergence of a new domain within the knowledge utilization field, evidence-based medicine. Third, we conclude that Everett Rogers was the dominant figure in the field and, until the emergence of evidence-based medicine, his representation of the general diffusion model was the dominant paradigm in the field.
Date created
2008
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3513V29G
License information
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
Rights

Citation for previous publication
Estabrooks, C.A., Derksen, L., Winther, C., Lavis, J., Wallin, L., Profetto-McGrath, J., and Scott, S. (2008). The intellectual structure and substance of the knowledge utilization field: A longitudinal author co-citation analysis, 1945-2004. Implementation Science, 3(49), 1-22. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-3-49.
Source
Link to related item

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
2014-04-29T15:42:50.826+00:00
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
Characterization
File format: pdf (Portable Document Format)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 468850
Last modified: 2015:10:12 18:00:54-06:00
Filename: IS_3_2008_49.pdf
Original checksum: 2896da6bb1a50509487d712158c5cc78
Well formed: true
Valid: false
Status message: Invalid destination object offset=415084
Status message: Invalid destination object offset=415084
Status message: Invalid destination object offset=415084
Status message: Invalid destination object offset=415084
Status message: Invalid destination object offset=415084
File title: Abstract
File title: 1748-5908-3-49.fm
File author: systemadmin
Page count: 22
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date