The effect of innovation on small and medium enterprises: a bibliometric analysis

Reham Al-Hanakta, Bálint Csaba Illés, Anna Dunay, Gemechu Shuremo Abdissa, Mehrzad Abdi Khalife


Innovation plays great role in organizational competitiveness and sustainable business processes and it should be a key success policy for small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) all over the world. To this effect, the purpose of this study is to present a comprehensive understanding of
the scientific studies made on the field of innovation and its effect on small and medium enterprises performance. A bibliometric study was used
to analyze articles published between 1976 and 2020 and create an illustrative map of innovation in small and medium enterprises; a sample of
papers gathered through Web of Science Core Collection database. Accordingly, there were found 2219 documents which were published in
332 sources. VOS viewer was employed to portray network analysis of, authorship, keywords visualization, citations, and countries dealing with
the subject. SCIMAT software was also used to do longitudinal thematic analysis. Even though many countries, universities, research institutes,
funding agencies, and authors contributed for the growth of this field of study, almost all are from developed nations. This study is one amongst
the very few studies made using bibliometric analysis in this field. Moreover, the thematic

SMEs, innovation, SCIMAT and VOSViewer software, bibliometric analysis

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