Unveiling scientific communities about sustainability and innovation. A bibliometric journey around sustainable terms

Simone Franceschini, Lourenco Faria, Roman Jurowetzki

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    Abstract

    Literature about the relationship between innovation and sustainability has skyrocketed in the last two decades and new terms have appeared. However, only very few bibliometric analyses have reviewed some of these terms (eco-innovation, environmental innovation, green innovation, and sustainable innovation), and they concluded that such terms are mostly interchangeable. These findings surprise in light of the different positions shown in the innovation for sustainability debate. Our bibliometric analysis tracks meanings and communities associated with these four terms and indicates some overlaps, especially between eco-innovation and environmental innovation. However, we found relevant differences of meanings and communities that reflect the different positions in the innovation for sustainability debate.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Volume127
    Pages (from-to)72-83
    ISSN0959-6526
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Eco-innovation
    • Environmental innovation
    • Green innovation
    • Sustainable innovation
    • Bibliometric analysis
    • Scientific trajectories

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