Despite the skyrocketing of sustainability-related research in the strategy and management fields, there has been no comprehensive systematic review of the field as a whole. In this paper, we present a comprehensive review of the field of corporate sustainability using a science mapping co-word bibliometric analysis. Through analysis of the co-occurrence of 25,701 keywords in 11,962 sustainability-related articles from 1994-2021, we identify and graphically illustrate the thematic and theoretical evolution of the field, in addition to emerging and waning research trends in the field. We characterize the most impactful articles of sustainability research in terms of disciplinary focus, topic of focus, dependent variable of focus, unit of analysis, and research method employed. We describe implications for the field and identify opportunities for future research.

Vanessa Burbano, Magali Delmas, and Martin Cobo
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Burbano, Vanessa, Magali Delmas, and Martin Cobo
. The Past and Future of Corporate Sustainability Research. October 13, 2022.