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Open Innovation for Sustainability or Not: Literature Reviews of Global Research Trends

Department of Business and Economics, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth P01 3DE, UK
Visiting Professor Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), 88040-900 Florianópolis, Brazil
Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University London, 102 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ, UK
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Academic Editor: JinHyo Joseph Yun
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1136;
Received: 17 December 2020 / Revised: 15 January 2021 / Accepted: 19 January 2021 / Published: 22 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ambidextrous Open Innovation for Sustainability)
The demand for innovative approaches applied to productive sectors is a reality present in the circular economy and open innovation is a relatively new concept that has revolutionized the literature about innovation management. Since the concept appeared in 2003, many articles have focused on its development and application. Although some studies have connected open innovation with sustainability, the relevance of this current on the global literature about open innovation is still unidentified. In this context, this paper tries to cover this gap with a bibliometric analysis focused on the evolution of the open innovation paradigm and the relevance of sustainability in this field of research. A sample of 3087 papers published between 2003 and 2019 in the Scopus database was obtained. The analysis revealed the main topics and the most prolific journals, authors, institutions, and countries, in terms of productivity, citations, and h-indexes. Besides of these contributions, keywords analysis reveals that, in recent years, sustainability and ecosystems are decisive variables in open innovation research. View Full-Text
Keywords: open innovation; sustainability; keyword analysis; Scopus open innovation; sustainability; keyword analysis; Scopus
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Payán-Sánchez, B.; Belmonte-Ureña, L.J.; Plaza-Úbeda, J.A.; Vazquez-Brust, D.; Yakovleva, N.; Pérez-Valls, M. Open Innovation for Sustainability or Not: Literature Reviews of Global Research Trends. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1136.

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Payán-Sánchez B, Belmonte-Ureña LJ, Plaza-Úbeda JA, Vazquez-Brust D, Yakovleva N, Pérez-Valls M. Open Innovation for Sustainability or Not: Literature Reviews of Global Research Trends. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1136.

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Payán-Sánchez, Belén, Luis J. Belmonte-Ureña, José A. Plaza-Úbeda, Diego Vazquez-Brust, Natalia Yakovleva, and Miguel Pérez-Valls. 2021. "Open Innovation for Sustainability or Not: Literature Reviews of Global Research Trends" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1136.

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