Enhancing the foundations for theorising through bibliometric mapping

Sinkovics, N. (2016) Enhancing the foundations for theorising through bibliometric mapping. International Marketing Review, 33(3), pp. 327-350. (doi: 10.1108/IMR-10-2014-0341)

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Purpose: The “academic revolution” that has taken place over the past 50-60 years has brought about many opportunities, but also challenges, in the lives of academics. The “publish or perish” phenomenon can be seen as one manifestation of the heated competition among universities for talent and resources. The resulting increase in publications, the decrease in the time academics have to read them, together with editors’ call for more originality, innovation, and meaning in submitted manuscripts lead to two questions. What techniques can help researchers and PhD students to effectively and efficiently navigate through large bodies of literature? What tools and techniques can be used to enhance the foundations for theorising? The purpose of this paper is to answer these two interrelated questions. Design/methodology/approach: The abstracts of 410 peer-reviewed journal articles connected to ethics in (international) marketing research are explored with software tools. The freely available VOSviewer software is used to visualise the specified body of literature. NVivo is employed to go deeper and explore specific themes identified through VOSviewer. Findings: A total of 17 clusters were identified, representing the major themes in the selected body of literature. Additionally, a number of research avenues and research questions are presented. Research limitations/implications: The analysis is based on the information provided in abstracts. Future research may wish to extend the analysis to full articles. Originality/value: The paper contributes by demonstrating how software tools such as VOSviewer and NVivo can be used to explore large bodies of literature and to experiment with research ideas to enhance the foundations for theorising.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Financial support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC-IAA), [R118569], is gratefully acknowledged.
Keywords:Marketing, Nvivo, international marketing, bibliometric mapping, theorising, VOSviewer.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkovics, Dr Noemi
Authors: Sinkovics, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Marketing Review
ISSN (Online):1758-6763
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Noemi Sinkovics
First Published:First published in International Marketing Review 33(3): 327-350
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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