, 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


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.


Guanxi Co-citation analysis Citation analysis Scientific knowledge dissemination 



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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