This paper aims to help scholars to know the frontiers in the strategic management field. On studying, it was noted that business strategic management originated from America in the 1960s and has experienced more than half a century. However, strategic management development lacks systematical summary in the twenty-first century. The scientometric method was appliedto find out the frontiers and progress of the research of strategic management in the twenty-first century, based on the literature from 2001 to 2012 in the Strategic Management Journal.
In the paper, the authors mainly used the scientometric method and applied keywords, co-occurrence method combined with multistatistical methods and mutation words analysis, author co-citation, literature co-citation and keywords co-occurrence (national).
The findings show that the strategic management research focuses on the following theories and academic thoughts: knowledge-based view, network organization research and dynamic capability are the mainstream; besides, strategy risk, the stakeholders analysis of strategy management, corporate reputation and strategic concept also attract the attention of researchers; Barney, Teece and Porter have made significant contributions to strategy management research since the twenty-first century.
The findings in the paper will help scholars in the field of strategic management to know the main frontiers of the theory, as well as the main contributors.
The paper was aided financially by a significant bidding project of the National Social Scientific Fund in 2010 (10&ZD136).
Originally published in Chinese in the Nankai Business Review, Liwen Tan and Jingkun Ding, “The frontier and evolution of the strategic management theory: a scientometric analysis of Strategic Management Journal, 2001-2012” NBR, 2014, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 84-94.
Tan, L. and Ding, J. (2015), "The frontier and evolution of the strategic management theory: A scientometric analysis of Strategic Management Journal, 2001-2012", Nankai Business Review International, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 20-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/NBRI-09-2014-0036
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