Sustainable project management for humanitarian disasters and refugee crisis management: Bibliometric analysis


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This study conducted a bibliometric analysis of the literature on sustainable project management in crisis management, particularly in humanitarian disasters, using the Scopus database. After filtration and abstract screening of 115,737 (1980–2022), only 544 related articles were identified and analyzed graphically using VoSviewer (visualization of similarities) to create maps of co-occurrence, co-authorship, and citations. The analysis provided an understanding of the most frequent keywords, key authors, journals, affiliations, and contributing countries in the literature on project management and crisis management. The trends observed in this study’s results highlight the significance of sustainable project management within the realm of disaster management. This study examines the bibliometric parameters and indices as measures of research success and their potential implications for grant funding sources, universities, governments, and organizations. The findings suggest that bibliometric parameters and indices could be increasingly utilized by grant funding sources as metrics to evaluate research success. Universities and research institutions may consider incorporating benchmarking standards based on bibliometric data into promotion and tenure guidelines to determine academic achievement. Furthermore, governments and organizations may also benefit from establishing benchmark standards to enhance sustainability in disaster management projects. Although Scopus has limitations that prefer certain fields, this study provides avenues for future research, including using other databases and conducting a comparative study between Scopus and WoS (Web of Science) to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

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    • Figure 1. Research methodology
    • Figure 2. Documents by year
    • Figure 3. Documents by type
    • Figure 4. Documents by country/ territory
    • Figure 5. Number of documents by authors
    • Figure 6. Number of documents by affiliation
    • Figure 7. Percentage of documents by subject area
    • Figure 8. Map of co-occurrence of author’s keywords
    • Figure 9. Co-authorship by country
    • Figure 10. Co-authorship links with other authors
    • Figure 11. Co-authorship links with affiliations
    • Conceptualization
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi, Anna Dunay
    • Data curation
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi
    • Formal Analysis
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi
    • Investigation
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi, Uygur Gokce
    • Methodology
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi
    • Project administration
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi, Anna Dunay
    • Software
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi
    • Validation
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi, Uygur Gokce
    • Writing – original draft
      Shahbaz Ahmad Saadi
    • Writing – review & editing
      Uygur Gokce, Anna Dunay
    • Supervision
      Anna Dunay
    • Visualization
      Anna Dunay