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Transactions Cost Theory influence in strategy research: A review through a bibliometric study in leading journals

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  • Rodrigo Martins

    () (Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina)

  • Fernando Ribeiro Serra

    () (Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina)

  • André da Silva Leite

    () (Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina)

  • Manuel Portugal Ferreira

    () (globADVANTAGE ? Center of Research on International Business & Strategy, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria)

  • Dan Li

    () (Kelley School of Business)

Abstract

Transaction cost theory (TCT) is widely used in several management disciplines. Its value for explaining organizational phenomena and managers? decisions is well accepted and has been recognized with two Nobel laureates (Ronald Coase and Oliver Williamson). In this paper we examine the impact of the TCT on extant research in top tier management journals. We conduct a bibliometric study supported in the analysis of citations and co-citations to uncover the connections between authors and presumably theories. We conclude that the TCT, albeit its specific focus on the transactions as the unit of analysis, is present in a majority of management- and business-related research.

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  • Rodrigo Martins & Fernando Ribeiro Serra & André da Silva Leite & Manuel Portugal Ferreira & Dan Li, 2010. "Transactions Cost Theory influence in strategy research: A review through a bibliometric study in leading journals," Working Papers 61, globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
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    Cited by:

    1. Nuno Rosa Reis & Manuel Portugal Ferreira & João Carvalho Santos, 2013. "A bibliometric study of the cultural models in International Business research," Working Papers 104, globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
    2. Manuel Portugal Ferreira & Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra & Benny Kramer Costa, 2011. "The RBV in International Business Studies: A bibliometric study of Barney?s (1991) contribution to the field," Working Papers 82, globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
    3. João Carvalho Santos & Manuel Portugal Ferreira & Nuno Rosa Reis & Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra, 2011. "Mergers & Acquisitions research: A bibliometric study of top strategy journals, 2000 - 2009," Working Papers 70, globADVANTAGE, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

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    Keywords

    transaction costs theory; bibliometric study; strategy research; review;

    JEL classification:

    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General
    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration

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