Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation for Sustainability. Bibliometric Analysis

  • Amador Durán-Sánchez
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
  • José Álvarez-GarcíaEmail author
  • María de la Cruz del Río-Rama


The economic crisis has called the current economic models into question, emerging new ways of understanding the role that companies play in society. As the proliferation of academic articles shows, social innovation and entrepreneurship are currently playing a relevant role as an instrument for satisfying social needs from the business field, adding social utility to the technical and financial viability of companies. Due to the increasing interest in the social economy, the main objective of this chapter was to conduct a study of the scientific production related to innovation and social entrepreneurship, using for this purpose bibliometric techniques and the longitudinal statistical analysis of articles published in journals indexed in the multidisciplinary database Scopus (Elsevier) up to the year 2016. Thus, through an advanced search for terms, more than 1400 documents were obtained, of which 791 articles were selected to make up the ad-hoc database, which the analysis is based on. As a result, it is concluded that since 2006, there has been a considerable increase in the number of studies that address the social economy from different areas of knowledge, standing out from the rest Business, Management and Accounting, Social Sciences and Economics, Econometrics and Finance, studies which are published in a limited number of specialized journals by authors from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Spain or Canada.


Social entrepreneurship Social innovation Social economy Bibliometric study Scopus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amador Durán-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
    • 2
  • José Álvarez-García
    • 3
    Email author
  • María de la Cruz del Río-Rama
    • 4
  1. 1.Area of Public Law, University of ExtremaduraPlasenciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Organización de EmpresasUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Financial Economics and AccountingUniversity of ExtremaduraCáceresSpain
  4. 4.Department of Business Organisation and MarketingUniversity of VigoOurenseSpain

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