Sustainable Enterprise and Sustainable Organisation: Mapping the Research Field with Keywords Analysis

Agata Sudolska, Andrzej Lis



Purpose: The aim of the paper is to identify the key research top-ics and to contribute to mapping the research on the concepts of a sustainable enterprise and a sustainable organisation.

Design/methodology/approach: Keywords analysis, considered as an element of research profiling methodology, is used to achieve the aim of the study. The research sample comprises bibliometric data retrieved from the Scopus database.

Findings: The publications included in both research samples (i.e. these studying of sustainable enterprises and those related to sus-tainable organisations) focus their primary attention on the issues related to sustainability and CSR. Nevertheless, some interesting differences have been observed. Sustainable enterprise studies are found to be more oriented to strategic management perspective as well as natural environment and ecology. On the other hand sustainable organisation research shows more tendency to deal with the issues of organisational learning and innovation as well as relationships with external stakeholders.

Research and practical limitations/implications: The study is an element of the wider research project aimed at mapping the research on the concepts of a sustainable enterprise and a sus-tainable organisation. As such it triangulates with other papers identifying key research topics within the field through different methods e.g. systematic literature review, research profiling and citation analysis.

Originality/value: The originality of the study results from the novelty of research methodology (i.e. keywords analysis) applied to map the research on the concepts of a sustainable enterprise and a sustainable organisation.

Paper type: bibliometric descriptive study.


sustainable enterprise; sustainable organisation; research profiling; keywords analysis

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