, Volume 113, Issue 2, pp 673–704 | Cite as

Product and process innovation in manufacturing firms: a 30-year bibliometric analysis

  • Giacomo Marzi
  • Marina Dabić
  • Tugrul DaimEmail author
  • Edwin Garces


Built upon a 30-year dataset collected from the web of science database, the present research aims to offer a comprehensive overview of papers, authors, streams of research, and the most influential journals that discuss product and process innovation in the manufacturing environment. The dataset is composed of 418 papers from more than 150 journals from the period between 1985 and 2015. Homogeneity analysis by means of alternating least squares (HOMALS) and social network analysis (SNA) are used to accomplish the objectives listed above through the keywords given by authors. Initially, the paper highlights and discusses the similarity between the topics debated by the main journals in this field. Subsequently, a wide-range map of topics is presented highlighting five main areas of interests; namely, performance, patent, small firm, product development, and organization. A SNA is also performed in order to validate the results that emerged from HOMALS. Finally, several insights about future research avenues in the manufacturing field are provided.


Product Process Innovation Manufacturing Field Bibliometric Scientometrics Keywords Literature Review Future HOMALS Social network analysis SNA 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giacomo Marzi
    • 1
  • Marina Dabić
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tugrul Daim
    • 4
    Email author
  • Edwin Garces
    • 4
  1. 1.Lincoln International Business SchoolUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  4. 4.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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