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Research on e-learning in the workplace 2000–2012: A bibliometric analysis of the literature

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Educational Research Review Volume 11, Number 1, ISSN 1747-938X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Research on e-learning in the workplace has proliferated over the past decade. Various topics on e-learning in workplace settings have emerged, showing the complex, dynamic and multi-disciplinary nature of the field. In this context, there is a need for an extensive, thematic overview of related studies for a better understanding of this broad domain. Using co-word analysis and text analysis methods, this study presents a bibliometric analysis of 324 articles on workplace e-learning published in academic journals and conference proceedings from 2000 to 2012. The results identify six research themes in the field, which are further categorized into four dimensions: e-learning for continuing education and professional development, e-learning in the healthcare sector (as one of the most prolific e-learning initiatives), use of social media for e-learning, and the integration of knowledge management with e-learning. By incorporating the analysis results with relevant reviews, this study offers a comprehensive picture and a holistic view of the workplace e-learning domain, and suggests directions for further work.


Cheng, B., Wang, M., Mørch, A.I., Chen, N.S., Kinshuk & Spector, J.M. (2014). Research on e-learning in the workplace 2000–2012: A bibliometric analysis of the literature. Educational Research Review, 11(1), 56-72. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved January 21, 2021 from .

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