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Systems Thinking: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
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Received: 6 June 2020 / Revised: 28 June 2020 / Accepted: 29 June 2020 / Published: 4 July 2020
Systems thinking (ST) is an interdisciplinary domain that offers different ways to better understand the behavior and structure of a complex system. Over the past decades, several publications can be identified in academic literature, focusing on different aspects of systems thinking. However, two critical questions are not properly addressed in the extant body of ST literature: (i) How to conduct the content analysis exclusively to derive the prominent statistics (i.e., influential journals, authors, affiliated organizations and countries) pertaining to the domain of ST? (ii) How to get better insights regarding the current and emerging trends that may evolve over time based on the existing body of ST literature? To address these gaps, the aim of this research study is to provide a comprehensive insight into the domain of systems thinking through bibliometric and network analysis. Beginning with over 6000 accumulated publications, the analysis narrowed down to 626 prominent articles with proven influence published over the past three decades. Leveraging rigorous bibliometric tools analysis, this research unveils the influential authors, leading journals and top contributing organizations and countries germane to the domain of systems thinking. In addition, citation, co-citation and page rank analysis used to rank top influential articles in the area of systems thinking. Finally, with the aid of the network analysis, key clusters in the existing literature are identified based on the research areas of systems thinking. The findings of this research will serve as a bluebook for practitioners and scholars to conduct future research within systems thinking context. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems thinking; complex systems; bibliometric analysis; network analysis; systems dynamics systems thinking; complex systems; bibliometric analysis; network analysis; systems dynamics
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Hossain, N.U.I.; Dayarathna, V.L.; Nagahi, M.; Jaradat, R. Systems Thinking: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis. Systems 2020, 8, 23.

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Hossain NUI, Dayarathna VL, Nagahi M, Jaradat R. Systems Thinking: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis. Systems. 2020; 8(3):23.

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Hossain, Niamat U.I., Vidanelage L. Dayarathna, Morteza Nagahi, and Raed Jaradat. 2020. "Systems Thinking: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis" Systems 8, no. 3: 23.

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