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R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Economia e Gestão

Unidade de I&D

globADVANTAGE - Center of Research on International Business & Strategy [ECO-Centro-Leiria-4074] visitada em 20/11/2008

Classificação: Poor

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit is oriented towards international business and strategy. It has 6 members. However, of the 6 PhD researchers, 4 hold positions in US universities. They are co-authors or members of the PhD committee of the coordinator, but they seem not to have held any position at Leiria. In any case, they were not present when we visited the unit. The most active of these scholars is Stephen B. Tallman: his CV presents himself as E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor of Business at Robins School of Business, Richmond University, USA. All the unit publications (admittedly in very good journals) are his.

Putting aside these 4 outsiders, we are left with the coordinator himself and a Brazilian researcher, also present during the visit, who has a PhD in metallurgic engineering and almost no international publications in our area. The coordinator himself (with a PhD obtained in 2005) has only few publications in international journals. The presentation of the unit publication record is unfair and not very professional. In addition, most of the master dissertations are made in US universities.

The only point which may deserve some attention concerns the project of working on Latin-American issues with Brazilian scholars.

This unit is in fact mainly virtual: according to the coordinator, the modern communication technology through Internet will eventually make obsolete the usefulness of geographical proximity. Technology is however not sufficient to create collective knowledge. For the time being, the unit lacks both a viable scale (which it tries to compensate for through networking) and a proactive leadership, with a clear definition of targets to be attained. The unit has created a home journal, and expects to be able to publish inside. There is no real understanding that scientific production involves confrontation and competition with other researchers at the international level.

Sobre os grupos de investigação
globADVANTAGE – Center of Research in International Business & Strategy [RG-ECO-Centro-Leiria-4074-123]