A network approach toward literature review

Lidwien van de Wijngaert (Corresponding Author), Harry Bouwman, Noshir Contractor

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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 que
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623–643
JournalQuality & quantity
Issue numbernovember 2012
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2012


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