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Paper info: CLUSTERING THE IMP THOUGHT: SEARCHING ROOTS AND DIVERSITITES IN IMP RESEARCH

Title


CLUSTERING THE IMP THOUGHT: SEARCHING ROOTS AND DIVERSITITES IN IMP RESEARCH

Authors


Heli Aramo-Immonen, Per Carlborg, Andrea Geissinger, Nina Hasche, Johan Kask, Gabriel Linton, Rasmus Nykvist, Christina Oberg and Sarah Shahin Moghadam

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 34th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2018.

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Abstract


IMP research is often treated as an empirical perspective describing complexities of repeated business-to-business exchanges and their embeddedness. While building on some common understandings and concepts, this paper asks: How homogeneous is the IMP research? This paper uses cluster analysis to capture the roots and various sub-groups of IMP research as means to depict the question of homogeneity (i.e. a core focus in the research) or heterogeneity (i.e. using references from other fields or specific to sub-fields) of the IMP thought. In this scientific work in progress paper we introduce how we design to use bibliographical methods in order to harvest data from an extensive amount of IMP-related articles written from the 1970s onwards. In this first attempt to reveal IMP we used overall 294 articles yielded to 10,615 co-citation relationships. A threshold of minimum number of citations of a cited reference was set to five (5) to capture such references that have been cited in multiple publications. We introduce visual mapping of defined subject area clusters and as an example we describe shortly clusters. Perhaps not surprisingly our findings suggest that IMP research is not so homogenous, with at least four clear clusters of IMP-research each utilizing different key referenfernces.