Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2016

Journal or Book Title

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

DOI

10.1108/IJPDLM-10-2016-0299

Abstract

Purpose: Interest in reverse logistics (RL) as a critical component of supply chain management (SCM) is gaining more traction with both practitioners and academics. Because of RL’s growing strategic importance, it is imperative to conduct a timely and comprehensive literature review and to identify associated opportunities for future research.

Design/methodology/approach: In this paper, the researchers conduct an extensive bibliometric analysis of published academic articles on reverse logistics (RL) for the period of 1992-2015. Specifically, the CiteSpace software is utilized to conduct document co-citation analysis and burst detection analysis on 912 selected RL articles and their 22,642 references.

Findings: This research identifies the most influential RL research publications/citations in each of the five periods and their research contribution. Using co-citation analysis, we are able to identify and illustrate major research themes, knowledge groups, and future research opportunities in the RL field.

Originality/value: In contrast to existing literature review studies in the logistics field, our study uses impact factor as a key article selection criterion. The influential articles identified in this process well represent the core literature and RL body of knowledge and have important implications for future research

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from Jian-Jun Wang, Haozhe Chen, Dale S. Rogers, Lisa M. Ellram, Scott J. Grawe, "A bibliometric analysis of reverse logistics research (1992-2015) and opportunities for future research", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-10-2016-0299. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Emerald Publishing Limited

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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