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.

Full Text:



Acedo, F. J., Barroso, C., & Galan, J. L. (2006). The resource‐based theory: dissemination and main trends. Strategic management journal, 27(7), 621-636.

Acs, Z. J., & Amorós, J. E. (2008). Introducción: El proceso de creación de empresas. Estudios de economía, 35(2), 121-132.

Amponsah, C. T., & Adams, S. (2017). Open innovation: Systematisation of knowledge exploration and exploitation for commercialisation. International Journal of Innovation Management, 21(03), 1750027.

Arora, A., & Cohen, W. M. (2015). Public support for technical advance: the role of firm size. Industrial and Corporate Change, 24(4), 791-802.

Arrow, K. J. (1962). The economic learning implications of by doing. The Review of Economic Studies, 29(3), 155-173.

Benavides, L. M. C., Tamayo Arias, J. A., Arango Serna, M. D., Branch Bedoya, J. W., & Burgos, D. (2020). Digital transformation in higher education institutions: A systematic literature review. Sensors, 20(11), 3291.

Boushey, G. (2012). Punctuated equilibrium theory and the diffusion of innovations. Policy Studies Journal, 40(1), 127-146.

Cancino, C. A., Merigó, J. M., & Coronado, F. C. (2017). A bibliometric analysis of leading universities in innovation research. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 2(3), 106-124.

Cooke, P., Uranga, M. G., & Etxebarria, G. (1997). Regional innovation systems: Institutional and organisational dimensions. Research policy, 26(4-5), 475-491.

Culnan, M. J., O'Reilly III, C. A., & Chatman, J. A. (1990). Intellectual structure of research in organizational behavior, 1972–1984: A cocitation analysis. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 41(6), 453-458.

Dini, M., & Stumpo, G. (2011). Políticas para la innovación en las pequeñas y medianas empresas en América Latina [Documentos de Proyectos, Nº 403]. Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cepal, 167.

Emodi, N. V., Murthy, G. P., Emodi, C. C., & Emodi, A. S. A. (2017). Factors influencing innovation and industrial performance in Chinese manufacturing industry. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 14(06), 1750040.

Fagerberg, J. (1994). Technology and international differences in growth rates. Journal of economic Literature, 32(3), 1147-1175.

Fagerberg, J., Fosaas, M., & Sapprasert, K. (2012). Innovation: Exploring the knowledge base. Research policy, 41(7), 1132-1153.

Fagerberg, J., & Verspagen, B. (2009). Innovation studies—The emerging structure of a new scientific field. Research policy, 38(2), 218-233.

Fernández-Batanero, J. M., Montenegro-Rueda, M., Fernández-Cerero, J., & García-Martínez, I. (2020). Digital competences for teacher professional development. Systematic review. European Journal of Teacher Education, 1-19.

Figueiredo, P. N. (2016). Evolution of the short-fiber technological trajectory in Brazil's pulp and paper industry: The role of firm-level innovative capability-building and indigenous institutions. Forest Policy and Economics, 64, 1-14.

Freeman, C. (1987). Technology, policy, and economic performance: lessons from Japan. London: Pinter.

Freeman, C. (1994). The economics of technical change. Cambridge journal of economics, 18(5), 463-514.

Freeman, C. (1995). The ‘National System of Innovation’in historical perspective. Cambridge Journal of economics, 19(1), 5-24.

Gomez, J., & Vargas, P. (2009). The effect of financial constraints, absorptive capacity and complementarities on the adoption of multiple process technologies. Research Policy, 38(1), 106-119. https://doi:10.1016/j.respol.2008.10.013

Hair, J. F., Black, W. C., Babin, B. J., & Anderson, R. E. (2014). Exploratory factor analysis. Multivariate data analysis, 7th Pearson new international ed. Harlow: Pearson.

Heikkila, T., Pierce, J. J., Gallaher, S., Kagan, J., Crow, D. A., & Weible, C. M. (2014). Understanding a period of policy change: The case of hydraulic fracturing disclosure policy in Colorado. Review of Policy Research, 31(2), 65-87. https://doi:10.1111/ropr.12058

Holyoke, T. T., Henig, J. R., Brown, H., & Lacireno-Paquet, N. (2009). Policy dynamics and the evolution of state charter school laws. Policy Sciences, 42(1), 33-55. https://doi:10.1007/s11077-009-9077-3

Kasabov, E., & Delbridge, R. (2008). Innovation, embeddedness and policy: evidence from life sciences in three UK regions. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 20(2), 185-200.

Kessler, M. M. (1963). Bibliographic coupling between scientific papers. American documentation, 14(1), 10-25.

Kingdon, J. W., & Stano, E. (1984). Agendas, alternatives, and public policies, 45, 165-169. Boston: Little, Brown.

Komlósi, É., Szerb, L., Ács, Z. J., & Ortega-Argilés, R. (2015). Quality-related regional differences in entrepreneurship based on the GEDI methodology: The case of Hungary. Acta Oeconomica, 65(3), 455-477. / 032.65.2015.3.6

Laranja, M., Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2008). Policies for science, technology and innovation: Translating rationales into regional policies in a multi-level setting. Research policy, 37(5), 823-835.

Lecluyse, L., Knockaert, M., & Spithoven, A. (2019). The contribution of science parks: A literature review and future research agenda. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 44(2), 559-595.

Lew, Y. K., Khan, Z., & Cozzio, S. (2018). Gravitating toward the quadruple helix: international connections for the enhancement of a regional innovation system in Northeast Italy. R&D Management, 48(1), 44-59.

Li, J., Xia, J., & Zajac, E. J. (2017). On the duality of political and economic stakeholder influence on firm innovation performance: Theory and evidence from Chinese firms. Strategic Management Journal, 39(1), 193-216.

Lichtenberg, F. R., & Siegel, D. (1991). The impact of R&D investment on productivity–New evidence using linked R&D–LRD data. Economic inquiry, 29(2), 203-229.

Lin, T. Y., & Cheng, Y. Y. (2010). Exploring the Knowledge Network of Strategic Alliance Research: A Co-citation Analysis. International Journal of Electronic Business Management, 8(2).

Lucas Jr, R. E. (1988). On the mechanics of economic development. Journal of monetary economics, 22(1), 3-42.

Lundvall, B. Å. (2007). National innovation systems—analytical concept and development tool. Industry and innovation, 14(1), 95-119.

Malerba, F. (2002). Sectoral systems of innovation and production. Research policy, 31(2), 247-264.

Martin, B. R. (2012). The evolution of science policy and innovation studies. Research policy, 41(7), 1219-1239.

Mas-Tur, A., & Soriano, D. R. (2014). The level of innovation among young innovative companies: the impacts of knowledge-intensive services use, firm characteristics and the entrepreneur attributes. Service Business, 8(1), 51-63.

Mazzucato, M. (2015). Innovation systems: from fixing market failures to creating markets. Revista do Serviço Público, 66(4), 627-640.

McCain, K. W. (1990). Mapping authors in intellectual space: A technical overview. Journal of the American society for information science, 41(6), 433-443.

Mendonça, H. L., & Fonseca, M. V. D. A. (2018). Working towards a framework based on mission-oriented practices for assessing renewable energy innovation policies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 193, 709-719.

Minniti, M. (2008). The role of government policy on entrepreneurial activity: productive, unproductive, or destructive?. Entrepreneurship theory and Practice, 32(5), 779-790.

Mintrom, M. (2013). Policy entrepreneurs and controversial science: Governing human embryonic stem cell research. Journal of European Public Policy, 20(3), 442-457.

Moilanen, M., Østbye, S., & Woll, K. (2014). Non-R&D SMEs: external knowledge, absorptive capacity and product innovation. Small Business Economics, 43(2), 447-462.

Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., & Laplume, A. O. (2013). Influence of intellectual property, foreign investment, and technological adoption on technology entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Research, 66(10), 2090-2101.

Prasad, S., & Tata, J. (2005). Publication patterns concerning the role of teams/groups in the information systems literature from 1990 to 1999. Information & Management, 42(8), 1137-1148.

Podsakoff, P. M.; Mackenzie, S. B.; Bachrach, D. G.; Podsakoff, N. P. (2005). The Influence of Management Journals in the 1980s and 1990s. Strategic Management Journal, v. 26, n. 5, pp. 473-488.

Ramos‐Rodríguez, A. R., & Ruíz‐Navarro, J. (2004). Changes in the intellectual structure of strategic management research: A bibliometric study of the Strategic Management Journal, 1980–2000. Strategic management journal, 25(10), 981-1004.

Romer, P. M. (1986). Increasing returns and long-run growth. Journal of political economy, 94(5), 1002-1037.

Romer, P. M. (1990). Endogenous technological change. Journal of political Economy, 98(5, Part 2), S71-S102.

Schmitz, H., & Altenburg, T. (2016). Innovation paths in Europe and Asia: Divergence or convergence?. Science and Public Policy, 43(4), 454-463.

Schubert, C. (2015). What Do We Mean When We Say That Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Policy) Increase “Welfare”?. Journal of Economic Issues, 49(1), 1-22.

Serra, F. A. R., Ferreira, M. P., Guerrazzi, L. A. D. C., & Scaciotta, V. V. (2018). Doing bibliometric reviews for the Iberoamerican Journal of Strategic Management. Iberoamerican Journal of Strategic Management, 17(03), 01-16.

Sherwood, A. L., & Covin, J. G. (2008). Knowledge acquisition in university–industry alliances: An empirical investigation from a learning theory perspective. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 25(2), 162-179.

Solow, R. M. (1956). A contribution to the theory of economic growth. The quarterly journal of economics, 70(1), 65-94.

Thurik, A. R., Stam, E., & Audretsch, D. B. (2013). The rise of the entrepreneurial economy and the future of dynamic capitalism. Technovation, 33(8-9), 302-310.

Uyarra, E., & Flanagan, K. (2010). Understanding the innovation impacts of public procurement. European planning studies, 18(1), 123-143.

Visser, E. J., & Atzema, O. (2008). With or without clusters: Facilitating innovation through a differentiated and combined network approach. European Planning Studies, 16(9), 1169-1188.

Vogel, R., & Güttel, W. H. (2013). The dynamic capability view in strategic management: A bibliometric review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(4), 426-446.

Walker, J. L. (1969). The diffusion of innovations among the American states. American political science review, 63(3), 880-899.

Weisz, J. (2006). Mecanismos de apoio à inovação tecnológica. Brasília: SENAI/DN.

Willoughby, K. W. (2020). Endogenous innovation, outward-bound international patenting and national economic development. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 45(3), 844-869.

Wonglimpiyarat, J. (2017). Tax and S&T Policies for Research Commercialization: Perspectives of Southeast Asian Countries. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 14(04), 1750017.

Zupic, I., & Čater, T. (2015). Bibliometric methods in management and organization. Organizational Research Methods, 18(3), 429-472.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal of Innovation

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

International Journal of Innovation

e-ISSN: 2318-9975

Int. J. Innov ©2022 – All rights reserved

Is this work licensed with a License
Creative Commons Atribuição-NãoComercial-CompartilhaIgual 4.0 Internacional