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A bibliometric review of service ecosystems research: current status and future directions

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  • Ismail Golgeci
  • Imran Ali, Central Queensland University
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  • Paavo Ritala, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Ahmad Arslan, University of Oulu
Purpose- Service ecosystems are becoming an important domain of joint value creation and resource integration, and the literature in the field is burgeoning. The recent growth in the literature warrants consolidating the findings of the existing literature, summarizing the recent development, and identifying avenues for more impactful future research on the topic. Our primary objective is to map the service ecosystems research domain and synthesize insights by integrating qualitative content analysis with quantitative data analysis.
Design/methodology/approach- This paper employs algorithmic bibliometric review (quantitative) with VOSviewer and R-package and content analysis (qualitative) on 119 service ecosystems articles published between 2003 and 2020.
Findings- The bibliometric analysis uncovers the critical research domains, knowledge trajectories, influential authors and journals, and author networks in the field. The content analysis identifies the four most important research themes (value creation, change triggers, strategic and entrepreneurial action, and institutional embeddedness and agency) and provides an integrative view of the dynamics among these themes. We also find the need for more empirical and theory grounded research around these four themes. Furthermore, based on the review, we discuss the disciplinary identity of the service ecosystems field and suggest interesting future research opportunities, along with ideas for useful empirical approaches and theoretical extensions.
Originality/value- Our comprehensive analysis offers an overview of the evolution and identity of the service ecosystems research and identifies several promising opportunities for future research on service ecosystems.
TidsskriftJournal of Business and Industrial Marketing
Sider (fra-til)841-858
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2022

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