Contribution of corporate social responsibility studies to the intellectual structure of the hospitality and tourism literature

Antony King Fung Wong, Mehmet Ali Köseoglu, Seongseop (Sam) Kim, Daniel Leung

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This study aims to identify the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) studies in formulating the intellectual structure of the hospitality and tourism literature by conducting a bibliometric analysis. A total of 8049 articles published in the top six hospitality and tourism journals between 1973 and 2019 and 401,473 listed references are extracted from Scopus. BibExcel and VOSviewer are used to develop and visualize bibliometric mapping and indicate the level of contribution of the CSR studies. Findings show that environmental responsibility outweighs the other CSR-related topics. In addition, stakeholder theory is the most commonly applied theory in the CSR literature, and five research clusters are identified. Furthermore, CSR-related studies remain in the emerging stage in the hospitality and tourism literature, and studies examining the perspectives of local communities are scarce. Finally, a holistic approach is necessary in CSR-related studies to connect and consolidate current CSR knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103081
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Citation analysis
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Intellectual structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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