Illuminating the invisible college: An analysis of foundational and prominent publications of engagement research in public relations

Jordan Morehouse, Adam J. Saffer

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Abstract

Researchers and practitioners assert that engagement is a fundamental element of public relations with some claiming the field is in an era of engagement. Yet, many have lamented that engagement is disorganized and conceptually murky. To address this, this study examines how researchers have stood on the shoulders of “giants”. Results from the bibliometric network analyses of 91 journal articles and over 3000 citations reveals the structure of the invisible college of engagement research and identifies foundational and prominent publications. A close reading and analysis documents how these publications are influencing the theoretical development of engagement research in public relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101836
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Engagement
  • Invisible college
  • Network analysis

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