, Volume 105, Issue 1, pp 537–556 | Cite as

International trade negotiation analysis: network and semantic knowledge infrastructure

  • Jacob Wood
  • Gohar Feroz Khan


This study utilizes the social network analysis technique to analyze and better understand the semantic and knowledge networks that are associated with the field of international trade and more specifically international free trade agreements. This study builds on the research that currently exists in the field of international trade negotiation by using the SNA technique to construct, visualize, and investigate the International Trade networked knowledge infrastructure by analyzing 3074 publications, 1054 journal sources, 4047 authors, 1516 organizations, 87 countries and keywords associated with this field of research. The network and ego level properties—such as, degree centralities, density, components, structural holes, and degree distribution—suggest that the international trade co-authorship network analyzed is relatively fragmented. The knowledge and sematic networks exhibit power law distribution in which the incoming nodes and links prefer to attach to the nodes that are already well connected. The study also sheds light on the emerging and fading themes in the domain.


International trade research Social network analysis Authors network Network and semantic knowledge infrastructure Emerging themes 



This study was supported by a Korea University of Technology and Education Research Fund in 2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial ManagementKorea University of Technology and EducationCheonan CityRepublic of Korea

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