The Rich get Richer and the Fit get Richer Phenomena in Temporal Complex Networks in the Strategic Management Scientific Community

The aim of this paper is to determine the general preferential attachment function and author fitness, which describe the rich get richer and fit get richer phenomena, in the co-authorship and citation networks of the strategic management scientific community. This has been done by means of the PAFit method using the community’s flagship journal, namely Strategic Management Journal. The results suggest the co-authorship and citation temporal networks are governed by both the fit get richer and the rich get richer processes. The average of the attachment exponents in the co-author network is 0.3 while it is 0.29 in the citation network, which suggests the rich get richer phenomenon is similarly weak in both networks. On the other hand, the distributions of author fitness in both networks have long right tail, which implies that the intrinsic scientific quality of each author plays a crucial role in getting new citations and new co-authorships. Furthermore, author fitness in both co-authorship and citation networks are found to be consistent with the history of the strategic management scientific community.

 

The Rich get Richer and the Fit get Richer Phenomena in Temporal Complex Networks in the Strategic Management Scientific Community
Ronda-Pupo Guillermo Armando, Thong Pham

Source: arxiv.org