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A scientometric analysis of Operations Research and Management Science research in Africa

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Abstract

Operations Research and Management Science research has demonstrated considerable impact in developing countries, among them African Countries, since the Second World War. The aim of this paper is to study the contribution of African countries to this field of “research” through Scientometric analysis of 3186 Operations Research and Management Science papers published by African authors between 1990 and 2018 and indexed in the Web of Science. We derive general empirical results and the overall structure of the intellectual landscape with emerging trends and thematic concentrations of co-cited authors. The analysis demonstrates increased adoption of Operations Research and Management Science models and techniques by African Researchers in addressing diverse academic challenges.

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Argoubi, M., Ammari, E. & Masri, H. A scientometric analysis of Operations Research and Management Science research in Africa. Oper Res Int J (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12351-020-00555-9

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Keywords

  • Management science
  • Operations research
  • Scientometric analysis
  • Africa