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Visualizing Sustainability Research in Business and Management (1990–2019) and Emerging Topics: A Large-Scale Bibliometric Analysis

by Qiong Jia 1,*, Liyuan Wei 2,* and Xiaotong Li 3
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Department of Management, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
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Department of Marketing, Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Brunel University London, Middlesex UB8 3PN, UK
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Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems, The University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5596; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205596
Received: 25 August 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
While researchers from many disciplines are increasingly interested in studying issues related to sustainability, few studies have presented a holistic view of sustainability from the perspectives of business and management. This bibliometric study quantitatively analyzed a big data set of 30 years of sustainability research (1990–2019), consisting of 37,322 publications and 1,199,398 cited references, visualizing major topics, dynamic evolution, and emerging development. The decade-by-decade in-depth analysis shows a clear shift from a nearly exclusive focus on economic growth and consumption to all three pillars of sustainability, i.e., economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Highlighting the differences between United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the popular research topics from academia, our analysis uncovers research gaps and suggests future research directions for sustainability researchers and practitioners. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; big data; bibliometric analysis; information management; science visualization; CiteSpace sustainability; big data; bibliometric analysis; information management; science visualization; CiteSpace
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Jia, Q.; Wei, L.; Li, X. Visualizing Sustainability Research in Business and Management (1990–2019) and Emerging Topics: A Large-Scale Bibliometric Analysis. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5596.

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