The structure and evolution of Business-to-Business Marketing: a citation and cocitation analysis

Backhaus Klaus, Lügger Kai, Koch Matthias


Abstract
The field of business-to-business (B2B) marketing has grown considerably in the past four decades. However the state of knowledge about its structure and evolution remains limited. Who are the key players and what are the key papers in B2B marketing? What main research topics have been investigated over time? This article answers these questions by applying bibliometric methods for the first time to the existing body of scholarly B2B research. The key findings reveal a highly dynamic discipline in the 1970s and 1980s, when new knowledge was being intensively exchanged among an increasing number of B2B researchers. Since that time, the pace of development has slowed, and diversification in the discipline manifested itself in a distinctive number of core research subfields. Yet initial research topics such as organizational buying behavior, where much research is still undone, are not addressed by modern B2B scholars.

Keywords
B2B-marketing; Citation analysis; co-citation analysis; intellectual development



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2011

Journal
Industrial Marketing Management

Volume
40

Issue
6

Start page
940

End page
951

Language
English