Research, development and innovation management in the energy sector

  • Garlet, Tais B. (Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) ;
  • Savian, Fernando S. (Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria) ;
  • Minuzzi, Mariana S. (Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria) ;
  • Siluk, Julio C.M. (Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria)
  • Received : 2018.10.17
  • Accepted : 2019.01.23
  • Published : 2019.03.25


This study aimed to observe trends in the literature on research, development, and innovation management in the energy sector, using performance assessment systems. The paper presented a bibliometric analysis of 40 studies on the subject. These materials come from ScienceDirect, Scopus and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) databases from 2006 to 2016. The results showed an increasing trend in the number of publications on the theme, showing the scientific community's interest in the subject. In addition, it was verified that the predominant language used to write the publications was English, the country that most published articles in the area was Brazil and most of the articles were produced through collaboration between researchers. It was found that the journal with the greatest number of publications on the subject was the Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, while the Expert Systems with Applications journal presented the article with the greatest number of citations. This analysis allowed us to identify important points of the research and its future directions, in addition to enabling a better understanding of the world trend of the subject approached.


bibliometric analysis;research, development and innovation;management;performance assessment;triple helix;energy


Supported by : Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq), Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES)


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