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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Interactions in knowledge production - A comparative case study of immunology research groups in Colombia and Brazil
Author: Roa-Atkinson, A
Velho, L
Abstract: Purpose - To provide an empirical contribution to analyse the dynamics of research groups in knowledge production in an interdisciplinary research field in two scientifically peripheral countries (Colombia and Brazil). Design/methodology/approach - This dynamic is analysed in the interdisciplinary area of immunology through a comparative study of Brazilian and Colombian research groups. The practices of publication, collaborative links and patterns of acknowledgements provided the framework for this study. Quantitative and qualitative tools were used; in particular a bibliometric study was complemented with information derived from semi-structured interviews with members of the research communities selected. Findings - The bibliometric study allowed the construction of some indicators: channels of publication, impact of the research outputs, citations and patterns of collaboration. Also, a database with acknowledgements was created to identify the different actors who take part in the process of knowledge production. These indicators, interpreted in the light of qualitative analysis, throw considerable light on how the different groups work on the cognitive and social aspects of knowledge production. Research limitations/implications - This study is limited to 31 leading research groups from Colombia and Brazil. Originality/value - This paper starts to redress the situation of a lack of empirical studies in developing countries in the use of acknowledgements as a tool to examine formal and informal scientific collaboration and as indicator of accountability to funding bodies. This work provides an empirical contribution to policy-makers and scientific communities in the task of understanding the dynamics of knowledge production in an interdisciplinary area combining different approaches.
Subject: sciences
research work
group dynamics
information research
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Citation: Aslib Proceedings. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, v. 57, n. 3, n. 200, n. 216, 2005.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1108/00012530510599172
Date Issue: 2005
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