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Large-scale bibliometric review of diffusion research
Department of Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, Orebro University School of Business, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1292-8239
2015 (English)In: Scientometrics, ISSN 0138-9130, E-ISSN 1588-2861, Vol. 102, no 2, 1615-1645 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the fact that diffusion research has existed for more than a century, a quantitative review covering this subject in a broad and general context is still lacking. This article reviews diffusion research by providing an extensive bibliometric and clustering analysis. In total, we identified thirteen clusters comprising 6,811 publications over the period of 2002-2011, and thereby describe the characteristics of diffusion research in an extensive and general way based on quantitative bibliometric methods. The analysis reveals that diffusion research is highly interdisciplinary in character, involving several disciplines from ethnology to economics, with many overlapping research trails. The concluding section indicates that diffusion research seems to be data driven and relies heavily on solely empirical studies. Consequently, influential publications rely on empirical data that support and change theories in modest ways only. In this contribution, we propose a review method that produces a fairly good overview of the research area and which can be applied to any knowledge field to replace or complement the traditional literature review.

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2015. Vol. 102, no 2, 1615-1645 p.
Keyword [en]
Adoption, Cluster, Publication analysis, Quantitative, Technology transfer
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43234DOI: 10.1007/s11192-014-1448-7ISI: 000348324000027Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84919618494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43234DiVA: diva2:792157
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-03-03 Last updated: 2017-01-13Bibliographically approved

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