University-industry research collaboration in the Brazilian oil industry: a bibliometric examination of the Petrobras case

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Giovanna Guimaraes Gielfi
University of Campinas-UNICAMP
Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 12:00

This paper analyze the collaboration of the Brazilian government-controlled oil company, Petrobras and universities using bibliometric analysis. The main question that needs to be addressed is what is the nature and institutional distribution of Petrobras-university collaboration. Following the research question, this paper explores how the characteristics of collaboration change over time in terms of main partners, scientific fields and structure of Petrobras collaboration network. The analysis is based on bibliographic data extracted from Petrobras authored publications that were published in journals indexed by Web of Science (WoS) database during 1980-2014. The empirical results show an increasing collaboration between Petrobras and universities, which is mainly nationally oriented.  Findings also suggest that the enlargement in the number of top university partners is followed by a diversification in the knowledge base.


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Giovanna Guimarães Gielfi is a PhD student at Department of Science and Technology Policy of University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. She was awarded a PhD Scholarship from CAPES Foundation in Brazil, and currently she is working as a visiting PhD researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has a background in Economics, State University of São Paulo, and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy, University of Campinas. Her research focuses on university-industry research collaboration and knowledge flows, the use of scientometric indicators to analyze this interactions and science-technology linkages, and S&T policy evaluation.