Title: Innovation capacity for sustainable development in Latin America: a Brazilian technology park case

Authors: Mayra Suelen De Lima Carvalho; Monica Fabiana Bento Moreira Thiersch; Cristina Lourenço Ubeda

Addresses: Postgraduate Program in Planning and Use of Renewable Resources (PPGPUR), Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sorocaba – UFSCar, Brazil ' Postgraduate Program in Planning and Use of Renewable Resources (PPGPUR), Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sorocaba – UFSCar, Brazil ' Department of Management, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sorocaba – UFSCar, Brazil

Abstract: This study aims to investigate the innovation capacity of incubated companies in the Sorocaba Technology Park (STP) and its impact on the sustainable development of Sorocaba city and metropolitan region. Sorocaba stands out as a metropolitan region in Southeast Brazil (Latin America). Sustainability and innovation have been widely discussed in academic studies. Even though the themes were studied under different approaches, it is possible to notice an intersection between them. Such intersection will be more thoroughly explored in this study. The research makes a quantitative descriptive analysis and uses the survey method. The analysis tool used is the innovation radar. The results indicate that the innovation capacity for sustainable development of the STP incubated companies participating in this study is still under development - companies were classified as occasionally innovative and there is a link between innovation capacity and the potential of the enterprises to generate eco-innovations to promote sustainable development.

Keywords: innovation; sustainability; incubated companies; eco-innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/LAJMSD.2018.096053

Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.4 No.3, pp.167 - 190

Received: 10 Jan 2018
Accepted: 25 Apr 2018

Published online: 06 Nov 2018 *

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