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Mapping the knowledge domains of value management: a bibliometric approach

E.M.A.C. Ekanayake (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Geoffrey Shen (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Mohan M. Kumaraswamy (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 15 April 2019



The purpose of this paper is to review the state-of-the-art of literature of value management (VM) and to map the VM domain to provide a launch pad for further knowledge development and dissemination.


This study employed CiteSpace bibliometric analysis software to systematically, comprehensively and accurately review the VM-related literature and to map the VM knowledge domain.


The results reveal the current VM knowledge base, clusters, research hotspot, and the evolutionary trajectory while contributing to the development of VM knowledge by providing a dynamic platform for integrating future developments in research.


The contribution of this paper to scientific VM knowledge is, therefore, a quantitative and accurate VM knowledge map based on a bibliometric analysis of data from the VM knowledge base, domains and evolution. The findings can be generalised and used as an effective knowledge mapping tool in a specific field of study that could complement and add significant value to the often adopted more traditional literature reviews. This study further recommends that the proposed knowledge map be frequently updated by similar future studies to fill gaps that arise with changing needs, priorities and contexts, as well as to identify corresponding future demands in the VM research domain.



Ekanayake, E.M.A.C., Shen, G. and Kumaraswamy, M.M. (2019), "Mapping the knowledge domains of value management: a bibliometric approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 499-514.



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