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A bibliometric analysis of emergency management using information systems (2000-2016)

Helen S. Du (School of Management, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China) (Institute of Big Data Strategic Research, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Xiaobo Ke (School of Management, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China) (Institute of Big Data Strategic Research, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)
Samuel K.W. Chu (Department of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Lok Ting Chan (Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 14 August 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a statistical analysis of research into emergency management (EM) using information systems (IS) for the period 2000-2016.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, research trends in the area of EM using IS are analysed using various parameters, including trends on publications and citations, disciplinary distribution, journals, research institutions and regional cooperation. Through a keyword co-occurrence analysis, this study identifies the evolution of the main keywords in this area, and examines the changes and developments in the main focus of scholars in this period. The study also explores the main research orientations in the field by analysing and integrating the results of two cluster analyses conducted from keyword- and reference-based perspectives, respectively.

Findings

The area of EM using IS has received increased attention and interest by researchers and practitioners. It is suggested that more cooperation among research institutions is required to help facilitate the further development of the area. Six main research orientations are identified: namely Web 2.0-enabled research, geographic information technology (IT), IT-based research, the contextual use of IT, crisis collaboration research and mass media communication research, since the research area first became popular in 2006.

Originality/value

This study is the first to comprehensively map the landscape of EM by conducting a bibliometric analysis of the research using IS. The authors’ findings can help academics and emergency managers gain a comprehensive understanding of the research area, and guide scholars towards producing more effective findings.

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Acknowledgements

This paper was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71572050).

Citation

Du, H.S., Ke, X., Chu, S.K.W. and Chan, L.T. (2017), "A bibliometric analysis of emergency management using information systems (2000-2016)", Online Information Review, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 454-470. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-05-2017-0142

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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