Mapping regulatory focus theory’s research: a Bibliometric analysis approach by using the Scopus database
Keywords:Regulatory focus, Scopus, bibliometric analysis, co-authorship, co-occurrence
The Regulatory Focus Theory (RFT) examines the relationship between one’s motivation and how one realizes various goals. There had been a dramatic increase in theory publications in the last two decades, including verity of dominos. However, previous reviews of the theory didn’t address a general picture of the bibliometrics method. This study provides a bibliometric analysis covering the period of 1997 to 2021 by using the Scopus database and a visualization tool named VOS viewer. From 913 publications, the study discerns the productive years, authors, countries, journals, institutions, top-cited articles and the geographic distribution of publications. In addition, the countries co-authorship networks and the top keywords co-occurrences analysis are explored through the VOS viewer. The results improve the theorists' and practitioners' understanding of the theory trends over the years and opens the door for future research lines.
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