Mapping the scientific structure of organization and management of enterprises using complex networks

  1. Alicia Olivares Gil 1
  2. Adrián Arnaiz Rodríguez 2
  3. José Miguel Ramírez Sanz 1
  4. José Luis Garrido Labrador 1
  5. Virginia Ahedo García 1
  6. César García Osorio 1
  7. José Ignacio Santos Martín 1
  8. José Manuel Galán Ordax 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Burgos

    Universidad de Burgos

    Burgos, España


  2. 2 Universitat d'Alacant

    Universitat d'Alacant

    Alicante, España


International Journal of Production Management and Engineering (IJPME)

ISSN: 2340-4876

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 65-76

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4995/IJPME.2022.16666 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


Understanding the scientific and social structure of a discipline is a fundamental aspect for scientific evaluation processes, identifying trends and niches, and balancing the trade-off between exploitation and exploration in research. In the present contribution, the production of doctoral theses is used as a proxy to analyze the scientific structure of the knowledge area of business organization in Spain. To that end, a complex networks approach is selected, and two different networks are built: (i) the social network of co-participation in thesis examining committees and thesis supervision, and (ii) a bipartite network of theses and thesis descriptors. The former has a modular structure that is partially explained by thematic specialization in different subdisciplines. The latter serves to assess the interdisciplinary structure of the discipline, as it enables the characterization of affinity levels between fields, research poles and thematic clusters. Our results have implications for the scientific evaluation and formal definition of related fields.

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