Transatlantic affiliations of scientific collaboration in strategic management: a quarter-century of bibliometric evidence

    Oskar Kosch   Affiliation
    ; Marek Szarucki   Affiliation


The main objective of the paper is to identify and explore patterns and dynamics of transatlantic scientific collaboration in the field of strategic management between the United States (US) and European countries (EUC) during the last quarter century. Scholarly connections between countries, cities and institutions on the basis of co-author affiliations were analysed to determine the knowledge flow from a geographical perspective. This is the first time international scientific collaboration between researchers in the field of strategic management has been studied to such an extent. We employed all sources of relevant data from the Web of Science and Scopus databases and explored 453 results. Utilizing a bibliometric analysis, our study offers a comprehensive and up-todate identification and assessment of the current situation and dynamics of transatlantic scientific collaboration. The obtained results confirm the dominant role of the US in this type of collaboration. Also, the dominant role of several clusters in terms of collaboration, both on country and institution levels can also be observed. The study confirms the weaker position of Eastern and Central Europe countries in this collaboration and provides some recommendations to increase this type of knowledge exchange in the future.

Keyword : strategic management, transatlantic scientific collaboration, bibliometrics, USA, Europe

How to Cite
Kosch, O., & Szarucki, M. (2020). Transatlantic affiliations of scientific collaboration in strategic management: a quarter-century of bibliometric evidence. Journal of Business Economics and Management, 21(3), 627-646.
Published in Issue
Apr 15, 2020
Abstract Views
PDF Downloads
Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Acedo, F. J., Barroso, C., Casanueva, C., & Galán, J. L. (2006). Co-authorship in management and organizational studies: An empirical and network analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 43(5), 957–983.

Andrews, K. R. (1971). The concept of corporate strategy. Dow Jones-Irwin.

Ansoff, H. I. (1965). Corporate strategy. McGraw-Hill.

Aria, M., & Cuccurullo, C. (2017). bibliometrix: An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 11(4), 959–975.

Astley, W. G. (1985). Administrative science as socially constructed truth. Administrative Science Quarterly, 30(4), 497–513.

Aytac, S. (2010). Scientific international collaboration of Turkey, Greece, Poland, and Portugal: A bibliometric analysis. Proceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting, 47(1), 1–3.

Blondel, V. D., Guillaume, J.-L., Lambiotte, R., & Lefebvre, E. (2008). Fast unfolding of communities in large networks. Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 2008(10), P10008.

Bock, G.-W., Zmud, R. W., Kim, Y.-G. & Lee, J.-N. (2005). Behavioral Intention formation in knowledge sharing: Examining the Roles of extrinsic motivators, social-psychological forces, and organizational climate. MIS Quarterly, 29(1), 87–111.

Boyd, B. K., Finkelstein, S., & Gove, S. (2005a). How advanced is the strategy paradigm? The role of particularism and universalism in shaping research outcomes. Strategic Management Journal, 26(9), 841–854.

Boyd, B. K., Gove, S., & Hitt, M. A. (2005b, March). Construct measurement in strategic management research: Illusion or reality? Strategic Management Journal, 26(3), 239–257.

Bramer, W. M., Rethlefsen, M. L., Kleijnen, J., & Franco, O. H. (2017). Optimal database combinations for literature searches in systematic reviews: A prospective exploratory study. Systematic Reviews, 6, 245.

Brownrigg, R. (2018). Maps: Draw geographical maps. Retrieved 9 January, 2019 from

Chandler, A. D. (1962). Strategy and structure: Chapters in the history of the American industrial enterprise. MIT Press.

Combes, P.-P., & Linnemer, L. (2003). Where are the economists who publish? Publication concentration and rankings in Europe based on cumulative publications. Journal of the European Economic Association, 1(6), 1250–1308.

Corsatea, T. D. (2010). Measuring science: Spatial investigation of academic opportunities in Belgium. Papers in Regional Science, 89(2), 373–387.

Cronin, B., Shaw, D., & La Barre, K. (2003). A cast of thousands: Coauthorship and subauthorship collaboration in the 20th century as manifested in the scholarly journal literature of psychology and philosophy. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54(9), 855–871.

Csárdi, G. (2019). Package “igraph”. Retrieved 28 October, 2019 from

Csárdi, G., & Nepusz, T. (2006). The igraph software package for complex network research. InterJournal, Complex Systems, 1695, 1–9.

Csomós, G. (2017). Visualising cities’ international scientific collaboration: A spatial scientometric approach based on Scopus data. Regional Statistics, 7(1), 225–228.

Daft, R. L., & Lewin, A. Y. (2008). Rigor and relevance in organization studies: Idea migration and academic journal evolution. Organization Science, 19(1), 177–183.

European Union. (n.d.). Countries. Retrieved 10 February, 2020 from

Ferreira, J. J. M., Fernandes, C. I., & Ratten, V. (2016). A co-citation bibliometric analysis of strategic management research. Scientometrics, 109(1), 1–32.

Freeman, L. C. (2011). The development of social network analysis – with an Emphasis on recent events. In J. Scott & P. J. Carrington (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of social network analysis (pp. 26– 39). SAGE.

Furrer, O., Thomas, H., & Goussevskaia, A. (2008). The structure and evolution of the strategic management field: A content analysis of 26 years of strategic management research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 10(1), 1–23.

Glänzel, W., Schubert, A., & Czerwon, H.-J. (1999). A bibliometric analysis of international scientific cooperation of the European Union (1985–1995). Scientometrics, 45(2), 185–202.

Gui, Q., Liu, C., & Du, D. (2019). Globalization of science and international scientific collaboration: A network perspective. Geoforum, 105, 1–12.

Hudson, J. (1996). Trends in multi-authored papers in economics. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10(3), 153–158.

Katz, J. S. (1994). Geographical proximity and scientific collaboration. Scientometrics, 31(1), 31–43.

Koseoglu, M. A. (2016a). Growth and structure of authorship and co-authorship network in the strategic management realm: Evidence from the Strategic Management Journal. BRQ Business Research Quarterly, 19(3), 153–170.

Koseoglu, M. A. (2016b). Mapping the institutional collaboration network of strategic management research: 1980–2014. Scientometrics, 109(1), 203–226.

Koseoglu, M. A., Law, R., Okumus, F., Barca, M., & Dogan, I. C. (2019a). Evolution of strategic management research lines in hospitality and tourism. Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, 28(6), 690–710.

Koseoglu, M. A., Okumus, F., Dogan, I. C., & Law, R. (2019b). Intellectual structure of strategic management research in the hospitality management field: A co-citation analysis. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 78, 234–250.

Kuhn, T. S. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions (3rd ed.). The University of Chicago Press.

Laband, D. N., & Tollison, R. D. (2000). Intellectual collaboration. Journal of Political Economy, 108(3), 632–662.

Makkonen, T., & Mitze, T. (2016). Scientific collaboration between “old” and “new” member states: Did joining the European Union make a difference? Scientometrics, 106(3), 1193–1215.

March, J. G. (2005). Parochialism in the Evolution of a Research Community: The case of organization studies. Management and Organization Review, 1(01), 5–22.

Marshakova-Shaikevich, I. V. (2010). Scientific collaboration between Russia and the EU countries: A bibliometric analysis. Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 80(1), 57–62.

Merigó, J. M., Rocafort, A., & Aznar-Alarcón, J. P. (2016). Bibliometric overview of business & economics research. Journal of Business Economics and Management, 17(3), 397–413.

Moody, J. (2004). The structure of a social science collaboration network: Disciplinary cohesion from 1963 to 1999. American Sociological Review, 69(2), 213–238.

Mosey, S., Wright, M., & Clarysse, B. (2012). Transforming traditional university structures for the knowledge economy through multidisciplinary institutes. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(3), 587–607.

Nerur, S., Rasheed, A. A., & Pandey, A. (2016). Citation footprints on the sands of time: An analysis of idea migrations in strategic management. Strategic Management Journal, 37(6), 1065–1084.

Nerur, S., Rasheed, A., & Natarajan, V. (2008). The intellectual structure of the strategic management field: An author co-citation analysis. Strategic Management Journal, 29(3), 319–336.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2001). Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECS). Retrieved 10 February, 2020 from

Phelan, S. E., Ferreira, M., & Salvador, R. (2002). The first twenty years of the strategic management journal. Strategic Management Journal, 23(12), 1161–1168.

Ramos-Rodríguez, A.-R., & Ruíz-Navarro, J. (2004). Changes in the intellectual structure of strategic management research: A bibliometric study of the Strategic Management Journal, 1980–2000. Strategic Management Journal, 25(10), 981–1004.

Ronda-Pupo, G. A., & Guerras-Martín, L. Á. (2010). Dynamics of the scientific community network within the strategic management field through the Strategic Management Journal 1980–2009: The role of cooperation. Scientometrics, 85(3), 821–848.

Schendel, D., & Hofer, C. W. (Eds.). (1979). Strategic management: A New view of business policy and planning. Little Brown.

Stone, M. (1974). Cross-validatory choice and assessment of statistical predictions. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Methodological), 36(2), 111–133.

Tan, C. N. L. (2016). Enhancing knowledge sharing and research collaboration among academics: The role of knowledge management. Higher Education, 71(4), 525–556.

Tan, L., & Ding, J. (2015). The frontier and evolution of the strategic management theory: A scientometric analysis of Strategic Management Journal, 2001–2012. Nankai Business Review International, 6(1), 20–41.

van der Loo, M. P. J. (2014). The stringdist package for approximate string matching. R Journal, 6(1),

van Eck, N. J., & Waltman, L. (2010). Software survey: VOSviewer, a computer program for bibliometric mapping. Scientometrics, 84(2), 523–538.

Vedres, B. (2017). Forbidden triads and creative success in jazz: The Miles Davis factor. Applied Network Science, 2(1), 31.

Wagner, C. S., & Leydesdorff, L. (2005a). Mapping the network of global science: Comparing international co-authorships from 1990 to 2000. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 1(2), 185–208.

Wagner, C. S., & Leydesdorff, L. (2005b). Network structure, self-organization, and the growth of international collaboration in science. Research Policy, 34(10), 1608–1618.

White, G. O., Guldiken, O., Hemphill, T. A., He, W., & Sharifi Khoobdeh, M. (2016). Trends in International strategic management research from 2000 to 2013: Text Mining and bibliometric analyses. Management International Review, 56(1), 35–65.

Wickham, H. (2016). ggplot2: Elegant graphics for data analysis (2nd ed.). Springer.

Wickham, H. (2018). stringr: Simple, consistent wrappers for common string operations. Retrieved 10 October, 2019 from

Windley, B. F., Berentsen, W. H., Poulsen, T. M., & East, W. G. (2019). Europe. In Encyclopædia Britannica.