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Corporate Sustainability: Literature Reviews


The are a variety of strategies that are useful to review literature. A systematic literature review, for example, is a comprehensive and systematic technique for reviewing and synthesizing existing research studies on a particular topic. Literature reviews can help to identify the current state of knowledge on a particular topic and develop research questions.

Below are sources of different literature review strategies.

Systematic and Scoping Reviews

Dewey, A. & Drahota, A. (2016) Introduction to systematic reviews: online learning module Cochrane Training   

Grant, M. J. & Booth, A. (2009) A typology of reviews: An analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal 26(2): 91-108 

Linnenluecke, M. K., Marrone, M., & Singh, A. K. (2020). Conducting systematic literature reviews and bibliometric analyses. Australian Journal of Management, 45(2): 175–194.

 Munn, Z., Peters, M. D. J., Stern, C., Tufanaru, C., McArthur, A., & Aromataris, E. (2018). Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1):143.

Tranfield, D., Denyer, D & Smart, P. (2003) Towards a methodology for developing evidence-informed management knowledge by means of systematic review. British Journal of Management 14(3): 207-222 

Integrative Literature Reviews

Lê, J.K. and Schmid, T. 2019. An integrative review of qualitative strategy research: presenting 12 “Designs-in-Use”. In Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, 11:115-154.

Fan, D., Breslin, D., Callahan, J.L. and IszattWhite, M., 2022. Advancing literature review methodology through rigour, generativity, scope and transparency. International Journal of Management Reviews, 24(2): 171-180.

Elsbach, K.D. & van Knippenberg, D., 2020. Creating highimpact literature reviews: An argument for ‘integrative reviews’. Journal of Management Studies, 57(6): 1277-1289.

Alvesson, M. and Sandberg, J., 2020. The problematizing review: A counterpoint to Elsbach and Van Knippenberg’s argument for integrative reviews. Journal of Management Studies, 57(6), pp.1290-1304.

Cronin, M.A. and George, E., 2023. The why and how of the integrative review. Organizational Research Methods, 26(1):168-192.

Bibliographic reviews

Anaruma, J.F.P., Oliveira, J.H.C.D., Anaruma Filho, F., Freitas, W.R.D.S. & Teixeira, A.A., 2022. The first two decades of Circular Economy in the 21st century: A bibliographic review. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 29(9):2691-2709 

Carrión-Martínez, J.J., Luque-de la Rosa, A., Fernandez-Cerero, J. and Montenegro-Rueda, M., 2020. Information and communications technologies (ICTs) in education for sustainable development: A bibliographic review. Sustainability, 12(8): 1-12

Liu, J., Kong, X., Zhou, X., Wang, L., Zhang, D., Lee, I., Xu, B. & Xia, F., 2019. Data mining and information retrieval in the 21st century: A bibliographic review. Computer science review, 34: 100193.