Journal Impact as a Diffusion Process: A Conceptualization and the Case of the Journal of Management Studies

34 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2013

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Zeki Simsek

University of Connecticut; University of Connecticut

Justin J. P. Jansen

Rotterdam School of Management

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

While the question of what makes a journal impactful continues to draw scholarly attention and debate, the lack of conceptual foundation as to what journal impact represents, and how it manifests itself, has impeded efforts to establish a richer understanding. Drawing from the theory of innovation diffusion, we propose journal impact as a multidimensional concept manifested most prominently in the magnitude, prestige, breadth, dispersion, and duration dynamics of citations accruing to a journal. In doing so, we complement extant representations of journal impact as a unidimensional concept with insights into the pattern and profile of a journal impact across space and time. We illustrate the multidimensionality of journal impact as a diffusion process in a longitudinal analysis of citation patterns at the Journal of Management Studies over a 40‐year period.

Keywords: citations, diffusion, journal impact, multidimensional conceptualization

Suggested Citation

Simsek, Zeki and Simsek, Zeki and Jansen, Justin J. P., Journal Impact as a Diffusion Process: A Conceptualization and the Case of the Journal of Management Studies (December 2013). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 8, pp. 1374-1407, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12007

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