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The state of research on technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets: A multidisciplinary literature review

Authors
Journal
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
0040-1625
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
78
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.02.006
Keywords
  • Technological Uncertainties
  • Social Uncertainties
  • Emerging Markets
  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Literature Review
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Psychology

Abstract

Abstract The objective of this research work is to study the progress of research on technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets and outline and identify the key disciplines, journals, articles and authors. For this the author studied the existing literature from the various fields in which technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets research work have been published using ISI Web of Knowledge database. The paper finds that there is increasing research work on technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets and the bibliographical search resulted in ninety-one documents written by one-hundred-sixty-one authors in eighty-four journals in seventy-two disciplines. The five major disciplines and their underlying journals are business and economics, agriculture, psychology, public administration, and environmental sciences and ecology accounting for majority of publications. In journals the most prolific, measured by number of articles published are Harvard Business Review, Social Science and Medicine, World Development, and Higher Education; and most influential, measured by the global citation received, are Harvard Business Review, Social Science and Medicine and Sociological Review. The top 10% of the journals are responsible for 23% of all publications but 85% of all global citations received. This highlights that despite the high, diverse and increasing number of journals; only few are dominating and shaping the research arena of technological uncertainties, social uncertainties and emerging markets. Further, in the ten most cited articles, no author appears more than once.

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