A network approach toward literature review

Lidwien Van De Wijngaert*, Harry Bouwman, Noshir Contractor

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study introduces a method that uses a network approach towards literature review. To employ this approach, we use hypotheses proposed in scientific publications as building blocks. In network terms, a hypothesis is a directed tie between two concepts or nodes. The network emerges by aggregating the hypotheses from a set of articles in a specific domain. This study explains the method and its potential for reviewing literature in a particular domain. As a proof of concept, we provide a case study reviewing the research literature on the adoption of eGovernment services. Our analyses show that a network approach towards literature review provides novel insights into the current state of a research domain. Although there are limitations, this approach has the potential to help scholarly communities focus their research and formulate new research questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-643
Number of pages21
JournalQuality and Quantity
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Literature review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Network analysis
  • eGovernment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Social Sciences(all)

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