Bibliometric methods in management and organization

Zupic, Ivan and Cater, Tomaz. 2015. Bibliometric methods in management and organization. Organizational Research Methods, 18(3), pp. 429-472. ISSN 1094-4281 [Article]

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We aim to develop a meaningful single-source reference for management and organization scholars interested in using bibliometric methods for mapping research specialties. Such methods introduce a measure of objectivity into the evaluation of scientific literature and hold the potential to increase rigor and mitigate researcher bias in reviews of scientific literature by aggregating the opinions of multiple scholars working in the field. We introduce the bibliometric methods of citation analysis, co-citation analysis, bibliographical coupling, co-author analysis, and co-word analysis and present a workflow for conducting bibliometric studies with guidelines for researchers. We envision that bibliometric methods will complement meta-analysis and qualitative structured literature reviews as a method for reviewing and evaluating scientific literature. To demonstrate bibliometric methods, we performed a citation and co-citation analysis to map the intellectual structure of the Organizational Research Methods journal.

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bibliographic coupling, bibliometrics, co-citation

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Institute of Management Studies


22 December 2014Published Online
1 July 2015Published

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10 Sep 2019 08:31

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09 Jun 2021 12:58

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