Title: Innovation management - current trends and future directions

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

Addresses: 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.2017.085916

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2017 Vol.22 No.2, pp.135 - 155

Received: 27 Jan 2016
Accepted: 30 Mar 2016

Published online: 08 Aug 2017 *

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