Emerging Trends in Knowledge-Oriented Organizational Leadership: A Systematic Literature Review

Mr. Dayo Bambe


Research concerning the linkage between organizational leadership, knowledge management activities, and innovation performance is relatively new. Scholars are investing more time into researching these phenomena, but the rate of innovation developments are occurring at a very rapid pace. The speed at which innovation breakthroughs are taking place poses questions about the relevance of studies that are more than a few years old. This study encompasses a systematic literature review of organizational leadership and the role it plays in knowledge management (KM) activities that lead to innovation performance. Scholarly journal articles from the year 2015 are analyzed for emergent trends concerning knowledge-oriented organizational leadership. Using Herzbergs two-factor theory, leadership factors promoting KM activities that lead to innovation performance (motivation factors), as well as those that suppress KM activities (hygiene factors), are identified. Findings suggest that organizational leaders must adopt a comprehensive and deliberate approach to provoke KM activities that augment innovation performance.


Knowledge management; knowledge creation; knowledge-oriented; knowledge sharing; KM leadership; innovation leadership; organizational leadership.

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