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Title: Food cold chain management: what we know and what we deserve
Authors: Shashi S
Centobelli P
Cerchione R
Ertz M.
Keywords: Bibliometric analysis
Food cold chain
Network analysis
Supply chain
Sustainable equility
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Emerald Group Holdings Ltd.
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a quantitatively supported explanation of the intellectual development, the schools of thought and the sub-areas of the food cold chain (FCC) research to derive meaningful avenues for future research. Design/methodology/approach This study builds on bibliometric analysis and network analysis to systematically evaluate a sample of 1,189 FCC articles published over the past 25 years. The descriptive statistics and science mapping approaches using co-citation analysis were performed with VOSviewer software. Findings The findings reveal a state-of-the-art overview of the top contributing and influential countries, authors, institutions and articles in the area of FCC research. A co-citation analysis, coupled with content analysis of most co-cited articles, uncovered four underlying research streams including: application of RFID technologies; production and operation planning models; postharvest waste, causes of postharvest wastage and perishable inventory ordering polices and models; and critical issues in FCC. Current research streams, clusters and their sub-themes provided meaningful discussions and insights into key areas for future research in FCC. Originality/value This study might reshape practitioners�, researchers� and policy-makers� views on the multifaceted areas and themes in the FCC research field, to harness FCC�s benefits at both strategic and tactical level. Finally, the research findings offer a roadmap for additional research to yield more practical and modeling insights that are much needed to enrich the field.
URI: 10.1108/SCM-12-2019-0452
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