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A bibliographic study on big data: concepts, trends and challenges

Deepa Mishra (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India)
Zongwei Luo (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Shan Jiang (Department of Computer Science, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Thanos Papadopoulos (School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Rameshwar Dubey (Institute of Operations Management, Symbiosis International University, Nashik, India)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 5 June 2017




The purpose of paper is twofold. First, it provides a consolidated overview of the existing literature on “big data” and second, it presents the current trends and opens up various future directions for researchers who wish to explore and contribute in this rapidly evolving field.


To achieve the objective of this study, the bibliographic and network techniques of citation and co-citation analysis was adopted. This analysis involved an assessment of 57 articles published over a period of five years (2011-2015) in ten selected journals.


The findings reveal that the number of articles devoted to the study of “big data” has increased rapidly in recent years. Moreover, the study identifies some of the most influential articles of this area. Finally, the paper highlights the new trends and discusses the challenges associated with big data.

Research limitations/implications

This study focusses only on big data concepts, trends, and challenges and excludes research on its analytics. Thus, researchers may explore and extend this area of research.


To the knowledge of the authors, this is the first study to review the literature on big data by using citation and co-citation analysis.



This work is partially supported by GDNSF fund (2015A030313782) and SUSTech Startup fund (Y01236215).


Mishra, D., Luo, Z., Jiang, S., Papadopoulos, T. and Dubey, R. (2017), "A bibliographic study on big data: concepts, trends and challenges", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 555-573.



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