The shift from theory to innovation: the evolution of Brazilian research frontiers 2005-2011

Hannes Toivanen

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    Proliferation of emerging economies as significant sources of competitive knowledge is a key feature of globalisation, often driven by government policies fostering domestic research-based innovation capabilities. To cast light on this common emerging economy effort to movefrom catch-up towards the global innovation frontier, we analyse the evolution of the focus of Brazilian research frontiers 2005-2011 with bibliometric methods. Our results demonstrate a gradual and moderate shift from theoretical scientific knowledge to more innovation-centred knowledge in the most influential Brazilian research, indicating the increased prominence and quality of innovation focused efforts in country's knowledge system. Thus, the recent expansion of Brazil's innovation system is accompanied by qualitative transformations of the research system, in part driven by nationally emerging research fields and technologies. Conceptually, we consider the overall importance of scientific research for developing and emerging economy innovation system build-up.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-119
    Number of pages15
    JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • emerging technologies
    • R&D trends
    • research front
    • innovation management
    • emerging economies
    • Brazil
    • national innovation systems


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