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Open Innovation for Sustainability or Not: Literature Reviews of Global Research Trends

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Luis Belmonte Urena, Dr Natalia YakovlevaORCiD



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The demand for innovative approaches applied to productive sectors is a reality present in the circular economy and open innovation is a relatively new concept that has revolutionized the literature about innovation management. Since the concept appeared in 2003, many articles have focused on its development and application. Although some studies have connected open innovation with sustainability, the relevance of this current on the global literature about open innovation is still unidentified. In this context, this paper tries to cover this gap with a bibliometric analysis focused on the evolution of the open innovation paradigm and the relevance of sustainability in this field of research. A sample of 3087 papers published between 2003 and 2019 in the Scopus database was obtained. The analysis revealed the main topics and the most prolific journals, authors, institutions, and countries, in terms of productivity, citations, and h-indexes. Besides of these contributions, keywords analysis reveals that, in recent years, sustainability and ecosystems are decisive variables in open innovation research.

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Author(s): Payán-Sánchez B, Belmonte-Ureña LJ, Plaza-Úbeda JA, Vazquez-Brust D, Yakovleva N, Pérez-Valls M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sustainability

Year: 2021

Volume: 13

Issue: 3

Print publication date: 01/02/2021

Online publication date: 22/01/2021

Acceptance date: 19/01/2021

Date deposited: 14/03/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2071-1050

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/su13031136


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