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Author(s): Pires, A. R.
Saraiva, M.
Rolo, A.
Editor: Berbegal-Mirabent, J., Marimon, F., Casadesús, M. and Sampaio, P.
Date: 2018
Title: Collaborative networking of researchers in quality: A Portuguese case
Pages: 201 - 218
Event title: 3rd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, 2018
ISBN: 978-989-20-8521-0
Keywords: Quality
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 for 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.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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