Iffusion patterns and knowledge networks: An inductive analysis of intellectual connections in multidisciplinary tourism studies

Honggen Xiao, Mimi Li, Eliver Cheuk Ki Lin

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This article presents an inductive citation analysis to examine diffusion patterns and knowledge networks in the economic, geographical/environmental, and socio-cultural domains of tourism research. Articles typical of these specializations were selected from the latest issues of Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, and Tourism Management, to begin with the tracking of major sources of knowledge for research in a sub-domain. Citation data collection followed a theoretical sampling approach for a scrutiny of three "generations" of intellectual connections. Analyses and sorting of subjects and coauthorship networks were facilitated by ATLAS.ti. Diffusion patterns are visualized through "pointed and high" versus "thick and flat" tree diagrams for these subdomains. The study also describes knowledge networks typically embedded in the coauthorship patterns of the major sources. While the study lends to discussions on intellectual connections, this set of inductively derived results should be read in caution of the research design, the behavior of citation, and the perspectives of the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-422
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011


  • Diffusion of knowledge
  • Knowledge network
  • Scientific community
  • Tourism studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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