Digital pioneers in rural regional development: A bibliometric analysis of digitalisation and leadership

Authors

  • Julia Binder btu Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Antje Witting btu Cottbus-Senftenberg

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.103

Keywords:

Digitalisation, regional development, digital pioneers, leadership, bibliometric analysis

Abstract

While research into digitalisation in cities has grown strongly in recent years, rural areas have now also clearly shifted into the focus of attention. An important strand of research into
digitalisation in rural areas can be described as agency perspectives. Current studies point to the driving, transformative force of key figures, for example social entrepreneurs, smart villagers or spatial pioneers. At heart, these studies propose
that paths for collective action can be developed via key figures, thus generating ways to change established rules and norms. This paper represents a methodological contribution to this strand of research by subjecting the debate on leadership
through key figures to a quantitative, bibliometric analysis, on the basis of which a heuristic is proposed in order to develop relevant research questions. Based on different strands of discourse, our results show that unequal spatial development
ismanifested in an urban bias, but also demonstrate the potential of the growing research field in rural regional development.

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Binder, J. and Witting, A. (2022) “Digital pioneers in rural regional development: A bibliometric analysis of digitalisation and leadership”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE, 80(3), pp. 266-278. doi: 10.14512/rur.103.

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