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The evolution of business ethics research in the realm of tourism and hospitality: A bibliometric analysis

Mehmet Ali Köseoglu (Business School, Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey and College of Business Administration, American University of the Middle East, Dasman, Kuwait)
Yasin Sehitoglu (Department of Business Administration, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Gary Ross (College of Business, Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota, USA)
John A. Parnell (School of Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, North Carolina, USA)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 August 2016

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to illustrate how business ethics research is progressing in the tourism and hospitality (T/H) industries and suggest a research agenda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study applies bibliometric analysis to articles related to business ethics topics in the T/H fields published between 1995 and 2014 in six, nine and five leading hospitality-, tourism- and business ethics-oriented journals, respectively.

Findings

This study provides a broad view on business ethics research in the T/H fields based on leading authors, institutions, themes and methods used over the past two decades.

Research limitations/implications

This study assesses the progress of business ethics research in the hospitality and tourism fields. Only articles published in select, prominent Social Sciences Citation Index journals were analyzed.

Practical implications

This analysis focuses on published articles related to business ethics in the T/H fields. As such, it facilitates researchers, academic scholars and professionals in contributing to the field more effectively and advancing scientific progress in the literature. It aids practitioners by evaluating the extent to which scholars have investigated key issues in the field.

Originality/value

This study is the first to utilize bibliometric analysis to assess business ethics research focusing on T/H activities published in leading tourism, hospitality and business ethics journals.

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Citation

Köseoglu, M.A., Sehitoglu, Y., Ross, G. and Parnell, J.A. (2016), "The evolution of business ethics research in the realm of tourism and hospitality: A bibliometric analysis", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 28 No. 8, pp. 1598-1621. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-04-2015-0188

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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