This study aims to address how the social structure of the hospitality management field has evolved from 1960 to 2016.
The informal social structure of the hospitality management literature was analyzed by collecting authorship data from seven hospitality management journals. Co-authorship analyses via network analysis were conducted.
According to the findings, throughout the history of hospitality management, international collaboration levels are relatively low. Based on social network analysis, the research community is only loosely connected, and the network of the community does not fit with the small-world network theory. Additional findings indicate that researchers in the hospitality management literature are ranked via degree centrality, closeness centrality and betweenness centrality. Cliques, which contain at least five researchers, and core researchers are identified.
This study helps both scholars and practitioners improve the informal structure of the field. Scholars must generate strong ties to strengthen cross-fertilization in the field; hence, they collaborate with authors who have strong positions in the field. Specifically, this provides a useful performance analysis. To the extent that institutions and individuals are rewarded for publications, this study demonstrates the performance and connectivity of several key researchers in the field. This finding could be interesting to (post)graduate students. Hospitality managers looking for advisors and consultants could benefit from the findings. Additionally, these are beneficial for journal editors, junior researchers and agencies/institutions.
As one of the first study in the field, this research examines the informal social structure of hospitality management literature in seven journals.
Koseoglu, M.A. (2019), "Evolution of the social structure of hospitality management literature: 1960-2016", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 489-510. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-03-2018-0205Download as .RIS
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