Innovation and Networks In Sme’s: A Bibliometric Study

Taisson Toigo


Innovation in interorganizational networks has achieved the status of a relevant subject matter in managerial studies. Research shows positive effects and major problems in cooperation to achieve innovations among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). There are 130 documents with the topics Innovation, Networks and SME’s since 1991, year of the first one. We aim to use bibliometric approach in order to identify the authors, journals and the state-of-art of the themes as well as to map the main themes and empirical research. We held the research in three databases. Results indicates an emerging and prominent field of study and gaps in literature leading to future research.


Innovation; Networks; Medium Entreprises; Bibliometric Study; Review

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