Int. J. of Innovation and Learning   »   2017 Vol.22, No.2



Title: Innovation management - current trends and future directions


Authors: Vanessa Ratten; João J. Ferreira; Cristina I. Fernandes


La Trobe University, Plenty Road Bundoora 3086, Melbourne, Australia
University of Beira Interior and NECE – Research Unit, Estrada do Sineiro, Polo IV 6200-201 Covilha, Portugal
Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco and NECE – Research Unit, Largo do Município 6060-163 Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal


Abstract: Innovation management as a field has gained ascendancy globally as a way for companies to compete and advance in the global marketplace. Despite the increased interest in innovation management there is still debate about its definition, historical development and future research directions. The aim of this paper is to analyse the literature on innovation management by conducting a bibliometric analysis, which will help researchers ascertain appropriate meanings and usages of the field. The paper analyses the innovation management in three time periods, which includes a discussion and examination of the seminal papers in this area of research. Future suggestions for innovation management researchers are given that highlight the growing complexity but dynamism of this unique field of study.


Keywords: bibliometric analysis; innovation management; future trends.


DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2017.10006915


Int. J. of Innovation and Learning, 2017 Vol.22, No.2, pp.135 - 155


Available online: 08 Aug 2017



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