Purpose - The paper aims to carry out a comprehensive literature mapping to synthesise and descriptively analyse the research trends of biodiversity accounting, providing implications for managers and policymakers, whilst also outlining a future agenda for scholars.Design/methodology/approach - A bibliometric analysis is carried out by adopting the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses protocol for searching and selecting the scientific contributions to be analysed. Citation analysis is used to map a current research front and a bibliographic coupling is conducted to detect the connection networks in current literature.Findings - Biodiversity accounting is articulated in five thematic clusters (sub-areas), such as "Natural resource management", "Biodiversity economic evaluation", "Natural capital accounting", "Biodiversity accountability" and "Biodiversity disclosure and reporting". Critical insights emerge from the content analysis of these sub-areas.Practical implications - The analysis of the thematic evolution of the biodiversity accounting literature provides useful insights to inform both practice and research and infer implications for managers, policymakers and scholars by outlining three main areas of intervention, i.e. adjusting evaluation tools, integrating ecological knowledge and establishing corporate social legitimacy.Social implications - Currently, the level of biodiversity reporting is pitifully low. Therefore, organisations should properly manage biodiversity by integrating diverse and sometimes competing forms of knowledge for the stable and resilient flow of ecosystem services for future generations.Originality/value - This paper not only updates and enriches the current state of the art but also identifies five thematic areas of the biodiversity accounting literature for theoretical and practical considerations.

Biodiversity accounting: a bibliometric analysis for comprehensive literature mapping

Maione, Gennaro
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Cuccurullo, Corrado;Tommasetti, Aurelio
2023-01-01

Abstract

Purpose - The paper aims to carry out a comprehensive literature mapping to synthesise and descriptively analyse the research trends of biodiversity accounting, providing implications for managers and policymakers, whilst also outlining a future agenda for scholars.Design/methodology/approach - A bibliometric analysis is carried out by adopting the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses protocol for searching and selecting the scientific contributions to be analysed. Citation analysis is used to map a current research front and a bibliographic coupling is conducted to detect the connection networks in current literature.Findings - Biodiversity accounting is articulated in five thematic clusters (sub-areas), such as "Natural resource management", "Biodiversity economic evaluation", "Natural capital accounting", "Biodiversity accountability" and "Biodiversity disclosure and reporting". Critical insights emerge from the content analysis of these sub-areas.Practical implications - The analysis of the thematic evolution of the biodiversity accounting literature provides useful insights to inform both practice and research and infer implications for managers, policymakers and scholars by outlining three main areas of intervention, i.e. adjusting evaluation tools, integrating ecological knowledge and establishing corporate social legitimacy.Social implications - Currently, the level of biodiversity reporting is pitifully low. Therefore, organisations should properly manage biodiversity by integrating diverse and sometimes competing forms of knowledge for the stable and resilient flow of ecosystem services for future generations.Originality/value - This paper not only updates and enriches the current state of the art but also identifies five thematic areas of the biodiversity accounting literature for theoretical and practical considerations.
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