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Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis

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School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Centre for Innovation and Development, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
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Business School, University of South Wales, Pontypridd CF37 1DL, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8664; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208664
Received: 13 September 2020 / Revised: 13 October 2020 / Accepted: 15 October 2020 / Published: 19 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ambidextrous Open Innovation for Sustainability)
In the past 20 years, there have been increasingly more studies on sustainable technology innovation (STI), possessing a significance for sustainable development. This paper aims to provide a research landscape, since the systematic understanding of STI is still inadequate. Through bibliometric analysis, it explores the literature distribution characteristics and the literature citation network. Based on the relevant literature data in the Web of Science (WOS), the study visually analyzes the development trend, topic distribution, burst literature, and co-citation network of the research literature, and extracts the evolution path of literature citation by using the main path analysis method. Through the analysis of co-citation and main path, 13 clusters in the co-citation network are found, which are further extracted as the main path network containing 82 nodes. Furthermore, this paper summarized the bibliometric landscape and discussed the frontier STI research topics. The comprehensive framework contributes to the understanding of STI themes and identifying future research agenda. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable technology innovation; literature citation network; bibliometric analysis; co-citation network; main path analysis sustainable technology innovation; literature citation network; bibliometric analysis; co-citation network; main path analysis
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Zhang, B.; Ma, L.; Liu, Z. Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208664

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Zhang B, Ma L, Liu Z. Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208664

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Zhang, Ben; Ma, Lei; Liu, Zheng. 2020. "Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208664

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