Mapping the Intellectual Structure of Social Entrepreneurship Research: A Citation/Co-citation Analysis

Journal of Business Ethics 166 (1):89-114 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In this paper, we employ bibliometric analysis to empirically analyse the research on social entrepreneurship published between 1996 and 2017. By employing methods of citation analysis, document co-citation analysis, and social network analysis, we analyse 1296 papers containing 74,237 cited references and uncover the structure, or intellectual base, of research on social entrepreneurship. We identify nine distinct clusters of social entrepreneurship research that depict the intellectual structure of the field. The results provide an overall perspective of the social entrepreneurship field, identifying its influential works and analysing scholarly communication between these works. The results further aid in clarifying the overall centrality features of the social entrepreneurship research network. We also examine the integration of ethics into social entrepreneurship literature. We conclude with a discussion on the structure and evolution of the social entrepreneurship field.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 83,802

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Die bedeutung der zitatenanalyse für die wissenschaftsforschung.Wolfgang G. Stock - 1985 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 16 (2):304-314.


Added to PP

32 (#391,533)

6 months
2 (#323,023)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?