Innovative capacity dynamics: KIBS dimensions

Ronnie J-Figueiredo, João J. Ferreira, Gilson Lima, Júlio Vieira Neto


The objective of this paper is to explain how the elements of a conceptual model based on KIBS (Knowledge Intensive Business Services) can be applied in an integrated way to assess the innovative capacity of firms in the service sector. The building of the model is based on a bibliometric analysis of the central theme KIBS, in the databases Scopus and ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science). We propose a conceptual model, which brings together several dimensions that have not yet been tested in economic sectors. These dimensions are: KIBS, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, innovation and innovative capacity. The research presents interesting features from the scientific papers analyzed, highlighting gaps that gave origin to the proposed model.


KIBS; innovative capacity; knowledge creation; knowledge transfer; innovation

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