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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Soccer: Web of Science Bibliometric Analysis

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  • Paloma Escamilla-Fajardo

    (Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Valencia, Gascó Oliag 3, 46010 Valencia, Spain)

  • Juan Manuel Núñez-Pomar

    (Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Valencia, Gascó Oliag 3, 46010 Valencia, Spain)

  • Vanessa Ratten

    (La Trobe Business, La Trobe University, Plenty Rd & Kingsbury Dr, Bundoora VIC, Melbourne 3086, Australia)

  • Josep Crespo

    (Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, University of Valencia, Gascó Oliag 3, 46010 Valencia, Spain)

Abstract

According to the existing literature, there is growing interest in the sports industry by individuals involved in entrepreneurship and innovation. However, no bibliometric analyses on the importance of and interest that these individuals have in the football industry have been conducted. A total of 220 articles and reviews retrieved from Thomson Reuters Web of Science (Core Collection™) between 1997 and 2019 were analysed. These articles were published in 169 different journals by 609 authors from 340 different institutions in 46 countries. The following basic bibliometric analyses and co-occurrence networks were carried out: co-authorship and co-words. As a result, four clusters that summarise the following four different thematic areas were found: (1) football, entrepreneurship and social development, (2) football, innovation and management, (3) football, efficiency and new technology, and (4) football, injuries and innovation in rehabilitation. A thematic analysis of the four clusters found was carried out. Finally, practical implications and future lines of research were presented.

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  • Paloma Escamilla-Fajardo & Juan Manuel Núñez-Pomar & Vanessa Ratten & Josep Crespo, 2020. "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Soccer: Web of Science Bibliometric Analysis," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(11), pages 1-22, June.
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