Title: A new social network analysis-based approach to extracting knowledge patterns about research activities and hubs in a set of countries

Authors: Paolo Lo Giudice; Paolo Russo; Domenico Ursino

Addresses: DIIES, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Italy ' Negg International, Piazza del Popolo, 18, Rome, Italy ' DICEAM, University 'Mediterranea' of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Abstract: In this paper, we propose a new social network analysis-based approach to providing a multidimensional picture of the research scenarios of a set of countries of interest and to detecting possible hubs operating therein. This knowledge allows the understanding of the impact of different socio-economic conditions on research. Furthermore, it may help the design of policies for sustaining the accumulation of scientific and technological capabilities. We apply our approach to four North African countries (i.e., Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia) in such a way as to show its potential. We also investigate (both scientific and commercial) related approaches and specify the main novelties of our approach with respect to them.

Keywords: bibliometrics; social network analysis; SNA; hubs; hub neighbourhoods; innovation support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2018.094759

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2018 Vol.17 No.2, pp.147 - 186

Received: 19 Jan 2017
Accepted: 11 Jun 2017

Published online: 12 Sep 2018 *

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