Mapping the Intellectual Linkage of Sustainability in Marketing

Yating Tian*, Qeis Kamran

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study explores the status quo regarding the interface between marketing, social and environmental issues, culture and consumers, and strategic management by integrating sustainability. A qualitative display network technique, based on the bibliometric methodology of co-citation analysis, was applied to examine research clusters. An integrative review was conducted to explain the connections within these clusters. To evaluate potential patterns among the studies through citations, different sets of relationships among applicable sustainability theories in marketing practice were paired in different sets and analyzed. After mapping the scientific structure of journal publications and intellectual linkages, six cluster groups emerged, reflecting the important role of marketing in linking sustainability, society, environment, consumers, and corporate sustainable development. This study contributes to social and marketing research and corporate sustainability practice by categorizing the intellectual structural network within various streams and indicating the influence of social and cultural notions on consumer-focused sustainable marketing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-274
Number of pages24
JournalBusiness and society review
Issue number2
Early online date5 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2023


  • Sustainability
  • Public policy
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Ethical marketing
  • Green marketing
  • Sustainable marketing
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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