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Visualisation of global research trends and future research directions of digital marketing in small and medium enterprises using bibliometric analysis

Amiri Mdoe Amiri (University School of Business, Chandigarh University, Mohali, India)
Bijay Prasad Kushwaha (VIT Business School, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India)
Rajkumar Singh (School of Management, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, India)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to undertake a bibliometric analysis of digital marketing research in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The study examines papers over the last two decades and performed performance analysis, co-citation analysis, bibliographic coupling and scientific mapping.

Design/methodology/approach

The study examines 247 documents retrieved from the Scopus database using bibliometric analysis, performance analysis and thematic clustering. The study looked at the scientific productivity of papers, prolific authors, most influencing papers, institutions and nations, keyword co-occurrence, thematic mapping, co-citations and authorship and country collaborations. VOSviewer was employed as a tool in the research to conduct the performance analysis and thematic clustering.

Findings

The most productive year was 2021 with 56 publications and the most impactful institute and countries are the University of Birmingham, UK, and the country is United Kingdom, respectively. Similarly, the most influential journal is “Industrial Marketing Management”, and the most productive journal is “International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising”. Furthermore, the most cited article is “Usage, barriers and measurement of social media marketing: An exploratory investigation of small and medium B2B brands”. The authors also identified five thematic clusters of digital marketing research in SMEs.

Research limitations/implications

It informs and directs researchers on the current state of study in the field of digital marketing literature in SMEs. It also outlines future research directions in this field.

Originality/value

This is the first study which provides the performance analysis and scientific mapping of the digital marketing literature in SMEs.

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Citation

Amiri, A.M., Kushwaha, B.P. and Singh, R. (2023), "Visualisation of global research trends and future research directions of digital marketing in small and medium enterprises using bibliometric analysis", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSBED-04-2022-0206

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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