How Social Impact and innovation Have Been Related in the Academic Literature?




Bibliometric network analysis, Social entrepreneur, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovation, Systematic review of literature


Purpose: Analyze what subjects emerges when integrating “social impact” and “innovation” in the scientific literature.

 MethodologyIt was developed a systematic review of literature. Data analysis was done in two stages: descriptive and exploratory. The co-word network maps were analysed through the VOSviewer software.

 Originality / Value:The globalization and the advancements in the technological and informational fields, together with the development of the emerging economies, involve a range of challenges. In this sense, technology could increase the capability of identifying social needs and enhances the low-cost possible solutions. However, it is not clear how innovation and social impact have been analysed by the literature.

 Findings:Previous studies were advanced, by not restricting a period for the collection and contemplating the last three years (2015-2018), where 70% of the articles of the sample belong. Furthermore, the clusters’ analysis allows the development of new research focusing on subareas that permeate this discussion, thus helping to define, understand and advance the discussion of the theme.

 Theoretical / methodological contributions: The main subject that emerges from the analysis was the financial question. Both in the bibliographic and the qualitative analysis of the top papers, it was noticed that as a theoretical basis and practical example of social impact innovation, the financial innovations stand out. 

 Managerial implications: The result reinforces that meeting the social needs is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, that can act attaining inclusive economy and inclusive growth. 


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Author Biographies

Mary Fernanda de Sousa de Melo, Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul - IFMS

Doutora em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade de São Paulo - USP, (Brasil). Docente da área de Administração do Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul - IFMS, Campus Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul.

Rodrigo Trotta Yaryd, Universidade de São Paulo - USP

Graduação em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, (Brasil).

Roberta Castro Souza, Universidade de São Paulo - USP

Doutora em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, (Brasil). Professora do Departamento de Engenharia de Produção da Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo - USP.

Willerson Lucas Campos-Silva, Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul - IFMS

Doutorando em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade de São Paulo - USP, São Paulo, (Brasil). Docente da área de Administração do Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul - IFMS, Campus Dourados.


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How to Cite

Melo, M. F. de S. de, Yaryd, R. T., Souza, R. C., & Campos-Silva, W. L. (2020). How Social Impact and innovation Have Been Related in the Academic Literature?. Future Studies Research Journal: Trends and Strategies, 12(1), 130–151.



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