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

Fábio Lotti Oliva (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Bárbara Ilze Semensato (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Daniela Buzzulini Prioste (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Eric Jacques Lucien Winandy (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Jefferson Luiz Bution (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Marcelo Henrique Gomes Couto (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Marco Antonio Bottacin (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Maria Laura Ferranty Mac Lennan (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Pedro Marins Freire Teberga (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Ricardo Fernandes Santos (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Sanjay Kumar Singh (Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Sidirley Fabiani da Silva (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Silvye Ane Massaini (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 14 January 2019

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.

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Citation

Oliva, F., Semensato, B., Prioste, D., Winandy, E., Bution, J., Couto, M., Bottacin, M., Mac Lennan, M., Teberga, P., Santos, R., Singh, S., da Silva, S. and Massaini, S. (2019), "Innovation in the main Brazilian business sectors: characteristics, types and comparison of innovation", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 135-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-03-2018-0159

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