Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 137–160 | Cite as

Business Ethics Research with an Accounting Focus: A Bibliometric Analysis from 1988 to 2007

  • Özgür Özmen Uysal


This article uses bibliometric analysis to empirically examine research on business ethics published in a broad set of journals, focused over the period 1988–2007. We consider those journals with an emphasis on accounting. First, we determine the citation frequencies of documents to identify the core articles in accounting research with an ethics focus as well as the contributions of influential fields included in the research sphere of these journals. We also employ document co-citation analysis to analyze the scholarly communication patterns that exist within the realm of the specified articles. Second, we utilize social network analysis tools to profile the centrality features of the co-citation network of these documents.


citation analysis document co-citation analysis social network analysis accounting ethics 


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The author would like to thank the Section Editor of Journal of Business Ethics, Professor Sally Gunz for the continuous encouragement and constructive suggestions. My thanks are also due to the anonymous reviewers for their invaluable comments and contributions which significantly improved the article.


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  1. 1.Başkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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