Actor-network theory: opening the black box of the reasons for the involvement of researchers in the technology transfer process

Marcelo de Oliveira Garcia, Rodrigo Gava, Dany Flávio Tonelli, Valéria da Glória Pereira Brito


The process of technology transfer represents a type of social phenomenon that becomes a black box after its completion. That is, access to the process becomes invisible and obscure. The reasons that lead a public researcher to participate in the technology transfer process represented the main concerns to support the research question, whose derived analysis was based on the theoretical-methodological assumptions of the Actor-Network Theory (ANT). This research contributes to understanding the transfer of technology as a complex phenomenon that features the participation of actors with complex and diverse interests; that is, each technology transfer process is singular in its understanding.


Technology transfer; innovation; Actor-Network Theory; Public Researcher

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