Percepções de pesquisadores sobre atividades cooperativas de P&D: uma análise com base na teoria institucional

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Afrânio Carvalho Aguiar


A set of 79 cooperative R&D projects developed in universities and research centers in Minas Gerais - Brazil were analyzed in order to capture perceptions of 305 researchers, out of 673 experienced scientists on cooperative works, on factors that motivate the establishment of partnerships; stimulate or inhibit the stability of R&D alliances; facilitate or damage the possibility of arriving at the aimed results. The main theoretical perspective adopted was the Institutional Theory. Data were treated through multivariate statistical analysis, then revealing strong isomorphic behavior of the researchers' perceptions in relation to all the 11 factors generated through the Factorial Analysis technique. This is believed to be due to coercion forces originated from the action of the funding governmental agencies that favor cooperative researches. As no well-structured evaluation system of the performed research activities actually exists in Brazil for allowing justifying partnerships in terms of their effectiveness and efficiency, the stimuli to alliances seem to originate from rationalized myths of the funding agencies. It was found that the process of cooperative research is still in a pre-institutionalized phase among the organizations studied.


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Aguiar, A. C. (1). Percepções de pesquisadores sobre atividades cooperativas de P&D: uma análise com base na teoria institucional. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 11(4), 59-86.
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Afrânio Carvalho Aguiar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais CEPEAD; FUMEC

Doutor em Administração pelo Centro de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Administração (CEPEAD) da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Professor Adjunto da Universidade FUMEC. Suas áreas de interesse em pesquisa são teoria organizacional, redes interorganizacionais, educação corporativa e processos de institucionalização