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

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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.

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