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Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis

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posted on 11.02.2022, 12:19 authored by Ben Zhang, Lei Ma, Zheng LiuZheng Liu
In the past 20 years, there have been increasingly more studies on sustainable technology innovation (STI), possessing a significance for sustainable development. This paper aims to provide a research landscape, since the systematic understanding of STI is still inadequate. Through bibliometric analysis, it explores the literature distribution characteristics and the literature citation network. Based on the relevant literature data in the Web of Science (WOS), the study visually analyzes the development trend, topic distribution, burst literature, and co-citation network of the research literature, and extracts the evolution path of literature citation by using the main path analysis method. Through the analysis of co-citation and main path, 13 clusters in the co-citation network are found, which are further extracted as the main path network containing 82 nodes. Furthermore, this paper summarized the bibliometric landscape and discussed the frontier STI research topics. The comprehensive framework contributes to the understanding of STI themes and identifying future research agenda.

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Sustainability

Publisher

MDPI

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VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Zhang B, Ma L, Liu Z. (2020) 'Literature Trend Identification of Sustainable Technology Innovation: A Bibliometric Study Based on Co-Citation and Main Path Analysis', Sustainability 12(20):8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208664

Electronic ISSN

2071-1050

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

Zheng Liu

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

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© The Authors

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en