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Scientometrics

, Volume 105, Issue 1, pp 645–663 | Cite as

How can an indigenous concept enter the international academic circle: the case of guanxi

  • Linqing Liu
  • Shiye Mei
Article

Abstract

As an indigenous concept of China, guanxi has gained broad acceptance by the west without further translation or interpretation during the past 30 years, which is a fascinating topic to investigate. In order to discover the dissemination mechanism of the concept of guanxi, this study employs co-citation analysis and citation analysis to visualize the intellectual base and the evolution of guanxi studies; also it pinpoints the most productive authors, institutions and journals. The findings may provide some guidance for the scientific knowledge dissemination.

Keywords

Guanxi Co-citation analysis Citation analysis Scientific knowledge dissemination 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This paper is sponsored by The National Science Foundation of China (71428005, 71372124) and The National Social Science Foundation of China (10&ZD136). The authors are grateful for the invaluable comments and advice of Haibin Yang from City University of Hongkong, and Jun Xia from The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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