Innovation in the main Brazilian business sectors: characteristics, types and comparison of innovation

Fábio Lotti Oliva, Bárbara Ilze Semensato, Daniela Buzzulini Prioste, Eric Jacques Lucien Winandy, Jefferson Luiz Bution, Marcelo Henrique Gomes Couto, Marco Antonio Bottacin, Maria Laura Ferranty Mac Lennan, Pedro Marins Freire Teberga, Ricardo Fernandes Santos, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Sidirley Fabiani da Silva, Silvye Ane Massaini

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the innovation process of organizations representing the main sectors of Brazilian economic activity. Design/methodology/approach: The literature review focuses on analyzing the innovation process characteristics regarding the innovation types. The authors carried out interviews with executives and managers in charge of innovation at the leading large companies in the respective sectors analyzed. The data analysis of this qualitative research was structured in three steps. The first step is the analysis of data collected for encoding, the second step, the summarization of the common points presented by the companies in each sector and, finally, the interpretation of these data, aided by triangulation from secondary data that support the analysis of the collected primary data. Findings: The main contribution of this study is to characterize the innovation process of organizations representing the main sectors of the Brazilian economy, with a classification regarding the sectoral innovation standard. Practical implications: The authors’ intent is that the paper can contribute with a comparative analysis among companies of the same sector and, subsequently, among companies of the different surveyed sectors. Thus, the characterization aims to present the companies’ innovation process and the comparative analysis aims to verify the innovation sectoral patterns. In addition, as implications for management practice, some strategies for better knowledge management in the organization are suggested for each type of innovation. Originality/value: The main theoretical contribution focuses on the development of a conceptual model that structures the analyzed variables of the constructs “innovation process” and “innovation sectoral patterns”, allowing not only the characterization but also the comparative analysis of the representative organizations present in the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-175
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Emerging economies
  • Innovation
  • Innovation in main Brazilian business sector
  • Process innovation
  • Types of innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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