The evolution of the international business field: A scientometric investigation of articles published in its premier journal

Liesch, Peter W., Hakanson, Lars, McGaughey, Sara L., Middleton, Stuart and Cretchley, Julia (2011) The evolution of the international business field: A scientometric investigation of articles published in its premier journal. Scientometrics, 88 1: 17-42. doi:10.1007/s11192-011-0372-3


Author Liesch, Peter W.
Hakanson, Lars
McGaughey, Sara L.
Middleton, Stuart
Cretchley, Julia
Title The evolution of the international business field: A scientometric investigation of articles published in its premier journal
Journal name Scientometrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0138-9130
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11192-011-0372-3
Volume 88
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 42
Total pages 26
Place of publication Hungary
Publisher Akademiai Kiado Rt.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Macro-environmental trends such as technological changes, declining trade and investment barriers, and globalizing forces impacting both markets and production worldwide point to the heightened importance of international business (IB) and the relevance of IB research today. Despite this, a leading scholar has expressed concerns that the IB research agenda could be 'running out of steam' (Buckley, Journal of International Business Studies 33(2):365-373, 2002), prompting on-going introspection within the IB field. We contribute to this debate by investigating the evolution of the IB field through a scientometric examination of articles published in its premier journal, the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) from 1970 until 2008. We introduce a new analytical tool, Leximancer, to the fields of international business and scientometry. We show an evolution from an initial and extended emphasis on macro-environmental issues to a more recent focus on micro-economic, firm-level ones with the multinational enterprise (MNE) as an organizational form enduring throughout the entire period. We observe a field that has established a justifiable claim for relevance, participating actively in the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. © 2011 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Keyword Concepts
Evolution
International business
Leximancer
Scholarly field
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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