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The structure and evolution of the strategic management field: A content analysis of 26 years of strategic management research


  • Olivier Furrer is from Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen School of Management, Thomas van Aquinostraat 1, PO Box 9108, 6500 HK Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Howard Thomas and Anna Goussevskaia are from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.


This paper analyses 26 years of strategic management research published in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Management Journal. Through a content analysis, it studies the relationships between the subfields of strategic management. A multiple correspondence analysis provides a map of keywords and authors, and a framework to track this literature over the 26-year period. A discussion of future pathways in the strategic management literature is also provided.