Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2013/1: Review of Diffusion Research

Pranpreya Sriwannawit () and Ulf Sandström ()
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Pranpreya Sriwannawit: Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Postal: Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Ulf Sandström: Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Postal: Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: O30; O33

27 pages, December 13, 2013

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

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