Sports Innovation: A Bibliometric Study

  • João J. Ferreira
  • Cristina Fernandes
  • Vanessa RattenEmail author
  • Dina Miragaia
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


The study of sports innovation has become an important area of business research, which has led to a growing number of publications on the topic in academic journals. Despite the increasing interest in research on sports innovation the literature is still fragmented with a diverse array of disciplinary perspectives. This chapter utilises a bibliometric analysis approach to synthesise the research that helps to provide a better understanding of the topic so it has more contextual focus. The literature is analysed and critiqued in terms of its interdisciplinary nature, which leads to a discussion of promising areas for future research. This helps build the field of sports innovation as a distinct discipline that connects the literature on sports with innovation management studies. As the field is rapidly gaining popularity, this chapter will play an important part in mapping current research that provides suggestions and advice to future research about sports innovation.


Bibliometric analysis Co-citations Intellectual structure Sport innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João J. Ferreira
    • 1
  • Cristina Fernandes
    • 2
  • Vanessa Ratten
    • 3
    Email author
  • Dina Miragaia
    • 4
  1. 1.Management and Economics DepartmentUniversity of Beira Interior & NECE—Research UnitCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.University of Beira Interior & NECE—Research UnitCovilhãPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing, La Trobe Business SchoolLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Sport Management DepartmentUniversity of Beira Interior & NECE—Research UnitCovilhãPortugal

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