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The Wicked Problem Of Climate Change And Interdisciplinary Research: Tracking Management Scholarship’s Contribution

Thomas Osegowitsch, Angela MCCABE, Mol Joeri

Proecedings of 33rd Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference | Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management | Published : 2019


Climate change represents a “wicked problem par excellence”. Since it pervades numerous natural systems and social communities, an understanding of climate change requires interdisciplinary research, broadly defined as research crossing disciplinary boundaries. In this investigation we map the evolution of interdisciplinarity in climate change research using bibliometric data and methods. We pay special attention to the contribution of the social sciences in general, and the discipline of management in particular. Our findings suggest that (1) while interdisciplinarity has grown somewhat over 37 years of climate change research (1980-2017), the contribution from the social sciences remains v..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam, for his encouragement and guidance of this project, and acknowledge the constructive feedback received from ANZAM attendees. We acknowledge the generous support from the Faculty of Business & Economics, The University of Melbourne and La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University. In addition, we thank Jean-Francois Desvignes and Anthony Leal from Clarivate for their continued support throughout this investigation.