A preliminary bibliographic analysis of the social innovation literature

Weerakoon, C, McMurray, A, Rametse, N and Douglas, H 2016, 'A preliminary bibliographic analysis of the social innovation literature', in Anne de Bruin, Kate V. Lewis (ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (SIERC 2016), Auckland, New Zealand, 10-12 February 2016, pp. 345-360.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A preliminary bibliographic analysis of the social innovation literature
Author(s) Weerakoon, C
McMurray, A
Rametse, N
Douglas, H
Year 2016
Conference name SIERC 2016: Collaborating for Impact
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 10-12 February 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 3rd Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (SIERC 2016)
Editor(s) Anne de Bruin, Kate V. Lewis
Publisher New Zealand Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Centre
Place of publication Albany, New Zealand
Start page 345
End page 360
Total pages 16
Abstract Despite the socio-economic importance of social innovation as a sustainable mechanism of addressing social challenges, the field lacks theory and suffers from conceptual ambiguity. Employing a bibliometric analysis, this study examined the patterns of social innovation research of 949 publications indexed in Scopus from 1966-2015. Results identified that the social innovation domain is in development, demonstrating percentage exponential growth in the volume of publications occurring in 1966-2004 (10%), 2005-2010 (22%) and 2011-2015 (68%). Nearly 55% of the research was conducted by European scholars. The field is multidisciplinary, with key knowledge clusters residing in urban studies, ecological resilience, transition management, and user innovation. The discipline is supported by a large number of journals from various disciplines due to the absence of dedicated social innovation journals. Policy implications are offered for new and existing scholars on patterns of social innovation and the direction for future research; and publishers on potential publishing avenues.
Subjects Entrepreneurship
Innovation and Technology Management
Keyword(s) social innovation
Bibliometric analysis
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