Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Administração

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The Program

The general objective of the Program is to improve the formation of personnel at the stricto sensu level, enabling them to research, analyze, produce and apply the knowledge acquired in the area of Administration, in general, and in the program's concentration area (Organizational Networks), in particular, meeting the demands of the country and society as a whole. In doing so, PPGA intends, on the one hand, to meet the demand of researchers from other institutions who seek to deepen their theoretical, methodological and/or empirical reflections about Organizational Networks, and on the other hand, to meet the development needs of UNIP's Stricto Sensu Graduate programs.

Target Audience

Professionals graduated in the Administration area or in other areas (engineering, psychology, communication, law, among others), whose interest is researching subjects related to Administration, Management and Organizations.

Master's degree: Recommended by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel - CAPES, according to the Official Letter CTC/CAPES of number 073/2005 of March 21, 2005, and recognized by Ministerial Ordinance number 2.642 of July 27, 2005, and by the Chamber of Higher Education of the National Education Council, Opinion CNE/CES number 163/2005 of June 8, 2005. Homologated by Ministerial Ordinance of number 609 of March 14, 2019, and by the Chamber of Higher Education of the National Council of Education, CNE/CES Opinion of number 487/2018 of August 09, 2018, as published in the Official Gazette of the Union of March 18, 2019, Section 1 - ISSN 1677-7042, pages 63 and 66.

PhD: Recommended by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel - CAPES, according to the Evaluation Committee of the area and judged by the CTC/CAPES, in its 194th Meeting, which took place from May 11 to 15, 2020. Recognized by Ministerial Ordinance number 576 of July 07, 2020, and by the Chamber of Higher Education of the National Board of Education, Opinion CNE/CES number 350/2020 of June 30, 2020, as published in the Official Gazette of the Union of July 09, 2020, Section 1 - ISSN 1677-7042, page 130.

The Master of Business Administration Program at Universidade Paulista started its activities in 1997 and was recommended by CAPES in 2005, with the Area of Concentration focused on "Strategy and its Organizational Formats". The purpose was to analyze, study and propose theories and models of strategy and organizational networks, in their various dimensions. It sought to research and debate theories and practices of companies, associations, NGOs, and governments to contribute to the knowledge and improvement of management. Two research lines were built: "Organizational Strategy" and "Management in Business Networks". Since then, the Program has been adapting and improving itself, following the guidelines and recommendations of CAPES's Area Commission to offer a quality course, training teachers and researchers who are up to date and qualified for the job market, and who meet the demands of society and of the country. The "Organizational Strategy" research line dealt with the reconciliation between the external environment and the internal resources, studying how organizations face and respond to the situations with which they are confronted. The research projects were grouped into three core themes: competitive strategy, internationalization strategy, and entrepreneurship. They were aligned with the divisions recognized by the SMS - Strategic Management Society and by the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Administration (ANPAD), Strategy area of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Administration Meeting - EnANPAD. The research line "Management in Business Networks" was about analyzing, criticizing and extending the concepts of networks. In view of the new configurations of cooperation, interdependence and competition, it aimed to develop methodologies to identify, monitor and evaluate the processes and the performance of networks in their various manifestations. The research projects were grouped in the themes of social approach and economic approach in business networks, aligned with divisions of networks recognized by Academia in works such as Granovetter (1985), Nohria & Eccles (1992) and Castells (2005).

Aiming to meet the recommendations of the CAPES Area Committee, the Program began a transition phase in 2015, improving its Area of Concentration and its Research Lines for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. In the 2013-2016 quadrennium, as already pointed out, the Program's Area of Concentration was "Strategy and its Organizational Formats", with two Research Lines: "Organizational Strategy" and "Management in Business Networks". In the 2017-2020 quadrennium, the proposed Area of Concentration was "Organizational Networks".

In its new configuration, new lines of research have emerged. The economic approach to organizational networks resulted in the research line "Strategies and Operations in Networks", which states that networks are arrangements of organizations with the goal of decreasing the costs and resource dependence of companies. In this way, both the network and each organization will be able to obtain competitive advantages. Within this approach are studies of strategies, chains, clusters, and operations in networks. The social approach to organizational networks has resulted in the research line "Social Approaches in Networks", which states that every network, whatever its purpose and nature, contains a web of social relations that directs, influences and determines the actions, processes, strategies, decisions and behaviors of the actors. Changes in this web alter the processes, governance, and outcomes of networks. Studies in this area seek correspondences between social relationships and other network variables, such as strategy, innovation, production practices, governance, content, structure, dynamics, and results.

In recent years, the Program has been working to update its NDP, selecting researchers with high scoring potential, international insertion and development of work in the Organizational Networks Concentration Area. The leading professors of the research lines hold regular meetings to discuss academic work (mainly international), debate the development of articles and research, and plan the courses and students' orientations. A cohesive pedagogical proposal was consolidated, aiming at the formation of masters in tune with the current demands of the Administration area. The link between the activities and the research lines was reinforced, solidifying the previously proposed initiatives and in line with the guidelines and recommendations of CAPES' Area Commission.

Some figures help illustrate the recent history of the Program:

  • 2013: 6 Qualification examinations and 6 dissertation defense examinations were held.
  • 2014: 7 Qualification meetings and 9 dissertation defense meetings.
  • 2015: 12 Qualification meetings and 5 dissertation defense meetings.
  • 2016: 32 Qualifying examinations and 27 dissertation defense examinations.
  • 2017: 14 Qualification meetings and 18 Dissertation defense meetings.
  • 2018: 15 Qualification and 14 Dissertation defense panels were held.
  • 2019: 13 Qualification meetings and 17 Dissertation defense meetings.
  • 2020: 19 Qualification and 8 Dissertation defense committees were held.
  • 2021: 14 Qualification and 25 Dissertation defense committees were held.

100% of students received a 50% tuition scholarship, besides 06 PROSUP scholarships - fee modality and 02 PROSUP scholarships - scholarship modality.

In 2020, the Program approved the PhD in Administration. The course was recommended by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel - CAPES, according to the Evaluation Committee of the area and judged by the CTC/CAPES, in its 194th Meeting, which took place from May 11th to 15th, 2020.

In 2021, the PhD course became active with the admission of four students, one in the first semester and three in the second semester.

Rector's Office:Sandra Rejane Gomes Miessa
Vice-Rectory of Graduate Studies and Research: Profa. Dra. Marina da Camino Ancona Lopez Soligo
Coordination of Research and Graduate Studies: Profa. Dra. Marina da Camino Ancona Lopez Soligo
Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Secretary: Vera Lúcia Carlos Maia
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Marcio Cardoso Machado
Vice Coordination: Prof. Dr. Victor Silva Corrêa
Secretary: Aline Nascimento
Phone: +55 11 5586-4040
E-mail: pgadministracao@unip.br

Area of Concentration: Organizational Networks

It seeks to critique and extend the concepts of networks, developing theories and models to identify, monitor and evaluate the performance of networks in their various manifestations. Such networks can be investigated from various levels of analysis. When related to the object of analysis, for example, the literature emphasizes, among other possibilities, the analysis of the isolated organization, dyads, and chains, to understand the networks of which they are part, as well as the network as a whole. At the theoretical level, the literature highlights two main approaches: (1) Social and (2) Economic, which give rise to the PPG's two research lines: "Social Approaches in Networks" and "Strategies and Operations in Networks".

Line 1: Strategies and Operations on Networks

In the context of the research line "Strategy and Operations in Networks," the economic and competitive aspects inherent to business networks are explored. This line focuses on research projects that deepen these specialties among its researchers. The main thematic axes addressed include "Strategy in Networks" and "Operations in Networks." Within the scope of "Strategy in Networks," the main competitive elements of dedicated business networks are examined. This includes investigations related to internationalization strategies and entrepreneurship in franchise networks, as well as the analysis of the competitiveness of companies inserted in organizational networks. On the other hand, the axis of "Operations in Networks" encompasses research related to interorganizational relations, considering various dimensions such as physical, informational, technological, and financial exchanges. This scope includes studies on Global Value Chains, Supply Networks, Business Clusters, and Local Productive Arrangements.

Line 2: Networks, Organizations and Society

The research line "Networks, Organizations, and Society" starts from the assumption that each network, regardless of its objective or nature, is composed of an intricate web of social relations that directs, influences, and determines the actions, processes, strategies, decisions, and behaviors of the actors involved. Changes in this web of relations result in modifications in the processes, governance, and outcomes of the networks in question. Studies in this area aim to identify the correspondences between social relations and other network variables, such as strategy, innovation, productive practices, governance, content, structure, dynamics, and outcomes.

General objective of the Program

Train masters and doctors in Administration that contribute to research, analysis, production and application of knowledge in the area of concentration of the Program, Organizational Networks, meeting the needs of development of the Stricto Sensu Graduate Programs at UNIP.

Specific objectives for the Program:

  1. Qualify teachers, mainly in the area of Administration, so that they can improve the content of their disciplines and the possibilities of their didactics.
  2. To develop researchers who are able to contribute to the development of knowledge in the area of Administration, especially for themes that involve organizational networks and their social, strategic and operational unfoldings.
  3. To train academic leaders who can contribute to scientific, technological and professional qualification policies.
  4. To promote the integration of UNIP with the local community, based on the research carried out in the Program, endorsing the institution as a reference for the development of policies related to the development of organizational networks;
  5. Qualify professionals, mainly managers and business owners, to have a critical vision and practical tools for the development of business and its relations with other actors, such as public, private and third sector institutions.

The Mission of the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Administration is to promote the dissemination of knowledge in the areas of Administration and Organizational Networks, forming qualified citizens and potentially able to contribute to the development of the country through the improvement of students at the master's and doctoral levels. This through research activities that are in line with the demands of contemporary society and the world of work, respecting diversity and cultivating solidarity, inclusion, human values, and ethics.

The PPG's strategic planning is carried out in a structured way since 2013, and is linked to the Post-graduation strategic planning and the Institutional Development Plan (IDP) of UNIP itself. Revisited annually, the PPG planning is intensively updated every four-year evaluation cycle. During the quadrennium 2013/16, based on CAPES requirements, the planning aimed to establish different operational and individual goals for each faculty member of the NDP in order to raise the program's concept, until then grade 3. Such planning led the PPGA to a higher level of quality, allowing it to achieve grade 4 in the last quadrennial evaluation. In 2017, reflecting the maturity of the PPG, the strategic planning was improved, aiming at objectives and goals to expand the program's concept (grade 5) and the creation of the PhD course, approved at the 194th Meeting of the CTC-ES. Opinion CNE/CES # 350/2020. Since then, the PPG's strategic planning has been improved again for the 2021-2024 quadrennium. Among the goals for the new 2021-2024 quadrennium are those associated mainly with production, exchange, training, academic and social impacts, self-assessment, and monitoring of graduates. The strategic planning of the PPG is carried out by the program coordination together with permanent and collaborating faculty.

Specialized Library

Library with updated collections that meet the recommended bibliographies, as well as subscriptions to periodicals and magazines. The library offers attached study rooms with comfortable conditions that meet the needs of the students. It provides several "databases" of consultation to the interested parties with the most relevant records covering the various aspects of Administration. UNIP's Library is structured to support teaching and research, in an institution that statutorily has a multi-campi organization, presenting, therefore, Sector Libraries with an information central unit, interconnecting all the Capital's campi, via intranet.

Large, bright and ergonomic classrooms and auditoriums

Rooms for theory classes and seminars: UNIP makes available in the post-graduation course rooms for theory classes, air-conditioned, with microcomputers, datashows, DVDs, screens, tables and chairs; students' room and professors' room, both air-conditioned, with tables, chairs, microcomputers connected to the high-speed internet, including the wireless system, scanner and printer; 2 rooms for Qualifications and Defenses, air-conditioned, with datashows, microcomputers, screens, upholstered chairs, a five-seat table for the examining board.
Post-graduation secretary, which provides support to the program's students and professors.
Auditoriums: there are three auditoriums in the graduate building with 50, 150, and 600 seat capacities, which are fully equipped for courses and events.

Laboratory of Extension and Research in Administration - LEPq

The PPG's Self-Assessment Policy and Process are set forth in the "Internal Regulation of the Postgraduate Program in Administration", updated in 2019 in view of the suggestions and guidelines proposed by Capes' self-evaluation WG. They include periodically analyzing and adjusting the Program's actions according to CAPES' guidelines and evaluation instruments.

In 2019 and 2020, the PPG was dedicated to the policies and preparation of the Self-Evaluation, whose activities incorporated:

  1. constitution of the coordination team, led by the program coordinator, Prof. Dr. Marcio Cardoso Machado. The committee also includes two other professors, a student and a technician;
  2. sensitization of the program's permanent faculty and technical staff;
  3. definition of the principles of self-evaluation to be adopted and the aspects to be evaluated to represent what the PPG understands as "quality".

The "quality of the program" was defined as the result of four fundamental items, being:

  1. student;
  2. egress;
  3. faculty; and
  4. impact;
  5. redefinition of the mission and strategic planning of the PPG, aligned with the Post-Graduation plan and the PDI of UNIP;
  6. definition of the periodicity of data collection, being defined as annual.