Mapping the field of virtual work: a co-citation analysis

Sumita Raghuram, Philipp Türtscher, Raghu Garud

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    Interest in the area of virtual work continues to increase with articles being written from
    different disciplinary perspectives - e.g. information systems (IS), management, psychology and
    transportation. In this paper, we map research on virtual work to (a) understand the intellectual
    base from which this field has emerged, (b) explore how this field has evolved over time, and (c)
    identify clusters of research themes that have emerged over time and the relationships between
    them. Specifically, we use co-citation analysis of research published in all social science
    disciplines to map the field at three points in time - 1995, 2000 and 2006. Our results show that
    the field has grown from nine research clusters in 1995 to sixteen in 2006. A comparison across
    these maps suggests that research in the cluster of "virtual teams" has gained significance even
    as research within some earlier clusters such as "urban planning and transportation" has lost
    ground. Our longitudinal analysis identifies relevant concepts, theories and methodologies that
    have emerged in the field of virtual work. This analysis can help interested researchers identify
    how they may want to contribute to the field of virtual work - by adding to popular clusters,
    enriching emerging smaller clusters or by acting as bridges across clusters. (author's abstract)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)983-999
    JournalInformation Systems Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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