Revista de Administração Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0034-7612
BRAGA, Mauro Joaquim da Costa; GOMES, Luiz Flavio Autran Monteiro e RUEDIGER, Marco Aurélio. Small worlds, academic production and collaborative graphs: a case study of the Enanpads. Rev. Adm. Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.1, pp. 133-154. ISSN 0034-7612. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-76122008000100007.
This article uses the database of papers published in the Enanpad proceedings in the 2002-04 period, focusing in the information management area in order to carry out an exploratory study of the patterns of dissemination of academic knowledge in Brazil. The framework of the study relies is that of graph-theoretical, computational-based social network analysis. The authors then map the information flows that allow knowledge exchanges circulating through the existing connections in the academic environment. Results from the analysis suggest the need for broadening and strengthening linkages among contributing authors. This seems to be most important for authors with some degree of local centrality, because this would probably lead to overcoming any barriers to joint scientific production, as opposed to the prevailing pattern of endogenous production.
Palavras-chave : social networks; graph theory; scientific community; endogeny.