Is Interdisciplinary Research Really More Successful? –First Insights from a Scientometric Study in the Service Research Field
Since its inception a major ambition of service research has been to become an independent academic field forming an interdisciplinarity ‘melting pot’ attracting researchers from various disciplines who would be interested in service-related topics and research questions. The strong focus on interdisciplinary is appealing due to the assumption that the interdisciplinary is positively related to its impact as scientific discipline. To prove this assumption, we use scientometrics to assess the influence of interdisciplinarity of service articles on their impact by using all academic papers published in the Journal of Service Research over 15 years. Based on our data we find, researchers should carefully consider how many and which disciplines they might integrate in their work and avoid the danger of being “stuck in the middle” of interdisciplinarity.