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R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Economia e Gestão

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Estudos de Gestão e Economia [ECO-Norte-Porto-731] visitada em 03/12/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This is a large unit including 28 PhD researchers at the time of the report submission (now 36). It is divided into 7 groups covering many fields as environment policy, management, development economics, growth, marketing, accounting and finance, industrial organization. There is some overlapping between groups, which is disturbing. We do not immediately understand, for instance, the co-existence of a group on sustainability and human development with another on growth, development and philosophy of economics. Also, the same PhD researcher may well belong to two or three groups, his publications being twice or thrice referenced.

There is a large heterogeneity both within and among the groups. Some researchers are successful in publishing in rank A international reviews, but most of them are not. Even though the majority of PhD members reach a good research record, more than one third of them cannot be considered as active researchers.

There are no entry-exit rules. All the full time members of the school have the right to be members of the research unit. This means that some older researchers, kept as full members of the unit, may have completely ceased to publish, while younger researchers may on the contrary have not published yet, a situation justified by the coordinator as the consequence for the unit of being quite young.

As school members are automatically unit members, we asked for hiring criteria. The hiring policy is rather teaching oriented in order to fulfil the needs of the business school. Applicants must correspond to position profiles, have good prospects of publication (not necessarily published papers), and should speak Portuguese (at the very instant they apply). The unit has introduced an incentive to publish: prizes are paid to publishing researchers. The coordinator said that, in the case of co-authorship, only half of the prize is due, except possibly for the principal contributor, “the one who signs first” (alphabetical ordering, which is practised by the overwhelming majority of the profession in our area, does not seem to be largely known in this unit).

The dean of the school is automatically the unit coordinator, a rule justified by the fact that the school is funding the research unit. Unit members have to teach up to 180 hours a year, partly in courses addressed to executives, a burden which may prove excessive from the point of view of the research productivity. Also, there is in the school a parallel unit for applied research – consulting, in fact – without permanent members and without publications. Anybody can be asked (although not forced) to participate in this activity, which may again be unfavourable to research as such.

As a whole, the unit appears as GOOD, but it could improve a lot in terms of research productivity. The first recommendation of the panel would be to make clear the membership rules as regards research activity. The unit and/or the department should put more emphasis on research activity in the recruitment policy. It would also be worth to lessen the teaching loads of the most active researchers.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Accounting and Finance. [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-3054]
Competition and Regulation. [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-3056]
Environmental and Natural Resources Economics and Policy [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-1366]
Growth, Development and Philosophy of Economics [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-3008]
Marketing [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-3052]
Operations and Technology Management [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-1973]
Sustainability and Human Development [RG-ECO-Norte-Porto-731-2346]