Innovation in public policies: a bibliometric study for new research

Samara de Carvalho Pedro, Fernanda Edileuza Riccomini de Souza, Daniela Menezes Garzaro, Claudia Brito da Silva Cirani, Maria Tereza Saraiva de Souza


Objective: To carry out a mapping of studies on innovation and public policies, presenting an overview of the scientific discussion on the topic to suggest proposals for future studies.

Design / methodology / approach: A bibliometric study, through exploratory factor analysis, with the objective of identifying the path that the phenomenon takes. For this, we use the techniques of citation, co-citation and bibliographic coupling.

Originality: Given the economic, social and technological importance of innovation, public policies appear as engines of the development of innovation, thus reinforcing the need to identify unexplored paths through the mapping of studies on the theme to identify unexplored paths.

Results: We identified the basis on which the theme studied was developed. Thus, three factors were observed: Economic Development, Innovation Ecosystems and State Participation. In the coupling analysis, we identified four factors, namely: Entrepreneurship, Changes in Public Policies, Networks and Clusters and Knowledge Source. Looking to the future, some study trends were presented, highlighting a new research agenda.

Theoretical and methodological contributions: We present some study trends on innovation and public policies, warranting a new research agenda.

Management contributions: This research enables managers and decision makers to understand the aspects regarding the theme, so that they can develop strategic innovation actions with the support of public policies.


Innovation; Public policy; Innovation environment; Innovation management; Bibliometrics.

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