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Review of Diffusion Research

  • Sriwannawit, Pranpreya


    (Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)

  • Sandström, Ulf


    (Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)

Despite the fact that diffusion research has existed for more than one century, there is no quantitative review study that covers this subject in a broad and general context. This article reviews diffusion research by providing an extensive bibliometric and clustering analysis. We identify research trails and explain the characteristics of diffusion research using new methods. We contribute a methodology for the use of advanced mapping and clustering techniques in order to describe the research areas. This method produces a fairly good overview of diffusion research and can be applied to any knowledge field to replace or complement the traditional literature review.

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Paper provided by Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology in its series INDEK Working Paper Series with number 2013/1.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 13 Dec 2013
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Publication status: Published as Sriwannawit, Pranpreya and Ulf Sandström, 'Large-scale bibliometric review of diffusion research' in Scientometrics, 2015, pages 1615-1645.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:kthind:2013_001
Note: Final version of this paper is published in Scientometrics.
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