African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4188

Full Length Research Paper

Research landscape on job embeddedness and organizational commitment: A bibliometric study

Li-Hong Fan
  • Li-Hong Fan
  • Nursing Department, Changsha Social Work College, Changsha, China.
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Wu Wei
  • Wu Wei
  • Department of Cardiology, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (The First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha, China.
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Hui-Rong Wang
  • Hui-Rong Wang
  • Nursing Department, Changsha Social Work College, Changsha, China.
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Xiao-Rong Chang
  • Xiao-Rong Chang
  • College of Acu-moxibustion and Massage, Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, Changsha, China.
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Li-Juan Yi
  • Li-Juan Yi
  • Nursing Department, Hunan Traditional Chinese Medical College, Zhu zhou, China.
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  •  Received: 02 April 2023
  •  Accepted: 09 June 2023
  •  Published: 30 June 2023


We proposed to identify the general situation and trends in the field of job embeddedness (JE) and affective commitment (AC), given the essential role and association between them. Relevant literature was obtained from the Web of Science Core Collection on December 30, 2022. VOSviewer and CiteSpace were used for bibliometric analysis of authors, countries, institutions, journals, co-citation and keywords. A total of 315 literatures were retrieved ultimately. The quantity of literature and citations showed an overall rising trend from 1998 to 2022, with three fluctuations in 2008, 2013 and 2019. The USA was the leading driving force in the research. The collaborative network highlighted that countries, institutions and academic teams had not collaborated enough. Keyword analysis revealed that the mediating role of JE in turnover intention, especially from a psychology and organizational behavior perspective, is a highly discussed topic, with nurses and hotel workers as the main research targets. Research on JE and AC has flourished, but more theoretical and empirical studies should be conducted to further explore this domain. Emphasis should be placed on employee psychology and organizational behavior in future research.


Key words: Job embeddedness, affective commitment, VOSviewer, CiteSpace, bibliometric.