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Title: Collaborative Networking of Researchers in Quality: A Portuguese Case
Authors: Pires, A. R.
Saraiva, M.
Rolo, A.
Editors: Berbegal-Mirabent, Jasmina
Marimon, Frederic
Casedesús, Martí
Keywords: Quality
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management
Citation: Pires, A.R., Saraiva, M., Rolo, A. (2018). “Collaborative Networking of Researchers in Quality: A Portuguese Case” in Proceedings Book of 3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management 2018, Berbegal-Mirabent, Jasmina; Marimon, Frederic; Casedesús, Martí; Sampaio, Paulo (Eds), International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, pp. 201-218. ISBN: 978-989-20-8521-0|| ISSN: 2184-3481. Universitat International de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain), July 11-13, 2018.
Abstract: Purpose – Experience of a Portuguese network of researchers in quality is presented, and future development is discussed based on literature related to business collaborative network. Design/methodology/approach – Literature review based on company’s networks was used whenever applicable, and it was adapted to individual networks. A critical analysis of the network is carried out, bearing in mind development along its functioning during 9 years. Findings – The experience shows some positive achievements (ex. a scientific journal), and some difficulties (ex: common projects). However, the most important issues for future sustainability are related to management dimensions like structure, strategy, earnings, relationships and performance. Research limitations/implications- Higher Education Institutions are increasingly competing for resources and students. Small Research and Development (R&D) teams, such as quality, face relatively more difficulties than large ones. Collaborative networking can be a good solution. Practical implications- Conclusions and reflection may interest other countries and regions. Social implications- The weak mutual knowledge among quality researchers, as well as the lack of synergies between groups and individuals, can be a seriously weak point for development and scientific production. Coopetition can be possible and advantageous. Originality/value- Research on quality issues is often carried out in small R&D teams. Collaborative networking can improve both theoretical and practical development.
ISBN: 978-989-20-8521-0
ISSN: 2184-3481
Type: article
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