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Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology INDEK Working Paper Series, Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology

No 2013/1:
Review of Diffusion Research

Pranpreya Sriwannawit () and Ulf Sandström ()

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: adoption; bibliometric; cluster; labeling; publication analysis; quantitative; research front; technology transfer; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O30; O33; (follow links to similar papers)

27 pages, December 13, 2013

Final version of this paper is published in Scientometrics. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11192-014-1448-7

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Sriwannawit, Pranpreya and Ulf Sandström, (2015), 'Large-scale bibliometric review of diffusion research', Scientometrics, Vol. 102, February, pages 1615-1645

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