The management and social science literatures: An interdisciplinary cross-citation analysis



A method is proposed for measuring interdisciplinary relations in scientific literature based on cross citation among core journals empirically selected on the basis of use and importance. The method is used to test hypotheses derived from a bibliometric definition of interdisciplinarity among the management and social science literatures. The results reveal that the management literature is dependent on the social sciences, that it is more dependent on them than vice versa, and that it is more dependent on them than they are on each other.