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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1928;

A Co-Word Analysis of Organizational Constraints for Maintaining Sustainability

School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
The Baskin School of Engineering, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Received: 28 September 2017 / Revised: 17 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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A good understanding of organizational constraints is vital to facilitate organizational development as the sustainable development of organizations can be constrained by the organization itself. In this study, bibliometric methods were adopted to investigate the research status and trends of organizational constraints. The findings showed that there were 1138 articles and reviews, and 52 high-frequency keywords related to organizational constraints during the period 1980–2016. The research cores were “constraints”, “learning”, “institution”, and “behavior” in the co-occurrence network, and “constraints” played the most significant role. The 52 high-frequency keywords were classified into six clusters: “change and decision-making”, “supply chain and sustainability”, “human system and performance”, “culture and relations”, “entrepreneur and resource”, and “learning and innovation”. Furthermore, the indicators of organizational development (e.g., innovation, supply chain, decision-making, performance, sustainability, and employee behavior) were found to be significantly related to the organizational constraints. Based on these findings, future trends were proposed to maintain the sustainability of organizations. This study investigated the state of the art in terms of organizational constraints and provided valuable references for maintaining the sustainable development of organizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: organizational constraints; sustainability; co-word analysis; cluster analysis; strategic diagram organizational constraints; sustainability; co-word analysis; cluster analysis; strategic diagram

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Guo, D.; Chen, H.; Long, R.; Lu, H.; Long, Q. A Co-Word Analysis of Organizational Constraints for Maintaining Sustainability. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1928.

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