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A Scientometric Review of System Dynamics Applications in Construction Management Research

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Sino-Australia Joint Research Center in BIM and Smart Construction, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Institute of Big Data Intelligent Management and Decision, College of Management, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7474; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187474
Received: 12 August 2020 / Revised: 5 September 2020 / Accepted: 9 September 2020 / Published: 11 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decision Support System and Sustainable Construction Management)
Construction management can be regarded as a complex and dynamic system. In recent years, system dynamics (SD) has been widely applied to solve the complex and dynamic problems in the construction management. However, there is a lack of a scientometric analysis to investigate SD applications in construction management from an objective perspective. To fill out this research gap, this study retrieved a total of 222 relevant articles from the Scopus database. Then, VOSviewer was employed to analyze the collected literature from five aspects (i.e., co-authorship, published journals, co-occurring keywords, article citations, and regions). Based on the analysis results, four mainstream research themes were identified and discussed, including “risk management”, “waste management”, “energy management”, and “construction productivity”. In addition, future research directions, such as “construction risk allocation in PPP projects”, “evaluating the economic feasibility of construction waste landfilling centers”, “identifying the variables affecting lighting infrastructure energy consumption”, and “assessing construction productivity for technology-intensive activities”, were proposed. The contribution of this study lies in that it helps both scholars and practitioners to solve the complex and dynamic problems in construction management. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientometric analysis; literature review; visualization; system dynamics (SD); construction management scientometric analysis; literature review; visualization; system dynamics (SD); construction management
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Wu, Z.; Yang, K.; Lai, X.; Antwi-Afari, M.F. A Scientometric Review of System Dynamics Applications in Construction Management Research. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7474.

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