Research Groups

EPEF – The Economics of Production and Financial Engineering 

Research into aspects concerning the economic-financial modeling of enterprises, accountancy, cost methodologies, analysis of investments of operation systems, as well as economic aspects related to the productive chains and to companies agglomerations (clusters and local productive arrangements). The aim of the group is to ensure that investment actions and/ or improvements in the operation systems are economically justified. It is divided into the following subareas:

• Production Economics: assessment of companies; business models and competitivity; industrial organization and technological development; analysis of productive chains; economic modeling of processes; analysis of local production systems and regional clusters; sectorial analyses and studies of technical-economic prospection of emerging sectors;

• Financial Engineering: quantitative modeling for cost and risk management; economic-financial analysis; pricing;

• Cost Engineering: cost management systems; cost methods and techniques, integration of economic-financial modules with management information systems. 

Members: Álvaro Euzébio Hernandez, Celma de Oliveira Ribeiro, Davi Noboru Nakano, Erik Eduardo Rego, João Amato Neto, João Eduardo de Morais Pinto Furtado, Reinaldo Pacheco da Costa, Roberta de Castro Souza 

GOL – Operations and Logistics Management

The Operations and Logistics Management Group aims to develop research projects and teaching activities related to planning and managing operations and production resources both in the context of manufacturing industries and of the service rendering processes. The group is currently focused on developing studies and projects in the following main areas:

1. Planning, Programing and Control of Production and Stocks;

2. Logistics and Supply Chain; and

3. Productivity in Operations and Logistic Systems.

Several of the projects developed by the GOL members are characterized by the intensive use of mathematical and simulation models to solve optimization problems in planning and programming operations, planning and control of stocks and logistic infrastructure planning. GOL also conducts researches into methodologies to improve productive systems efficiency, availability and flexibility. The group currently develops projects for private companies and is supported by funding agencies connected with research, such as CNPq and FAPESP.

Members: Antônio Rafael Namur Muscat, Dario Ikuo Miyake, Débora Pretti Ronconi, Hugo Tsugunobu Yoshida Yoshizaki, Luis Fernando Pinto de Abreu, Marco Aurélio de Mesquita, Miguel Cezar Santoro and Paulino Graciano Francischini 

GTI – Information Technology Management

It approaches Information Technology (IT) management, involving its planning and implementation, aiming to establish an integrated strategy (integrating technology, business strategy and organizational aspects), as well as designing, implementation and management of Information Systems, of Knowledge Management, Decision Support Systems and of Competitive Intelligence. It acts in three research lines, described as follows.

“Information Technology Strategy and Planning”, focusing on the impacts of the IT applications on the companies’ activities by the strategic alignment between IT and the business, aiming to obtain greater efficacy, and focusing on IT as a strategic and competitivity tool. Competitive intelligence, IT governance, knowledge management, virtualization and collaboration in the activities in the intra and inter-companies contexts are studied, and are made viable by increasingly more innovative, convergent and interlinked IT applications.

“Implementation of Information Technology Systems” which deals with assessing IT applications emphasizing efficiency and quality. Reference models, methodologies and techniques are studied for an efficient and planned process of information systems and software development. It involves programming techniques, definition of software requirements, and models for managing projects of new information systems.

”Decision Support Systems” deals with projects that study the issue of decisions in organizations; different mathematical and heuristic models can be used in these processes and computational tools, increasingly more disseminated, which make such models more accessible and more easily implementable. The volume of data to be processed and the uncertainty involving them imply models with an ever increasing complexity.

This research group has had its researches supported by FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES, as well as by the Carlos Alberto Vanzolini Foundation, by means of scholarships and aids to projects and participation in events. Extension courses are offered to academic organizations and to companies. It is also worth highlighting that the GTI research group is registered in the CNPq Research Groups Directory.

Members of this Research Group: André Leme Fleury, Fernando José Barbin Laurindo, Marcelo Schneck de Paula Pessôa, Mauro de Mesquita Spinola and Renato de Oliveira Moraes. 

QEP – Product Quality and Engineering 

Product Quality and Engineering Group (QEP) congregates professors, undergraduate and graduate students of the Production Engineering Department of Escola Politécnica – USP in three central themes: quality, project management and product development.

The Group is registered in the CNPq Directory of Research Groups in Brazil and encompasses themes related to the strategic, tactical and operational dimensions of the 3 central themes. The main research lines in this group are as follows:

• Management Systems: Quality, Environmental and Social Responsibility;

• Quality Engineering;

• Project Management;

• Product and Process Development. 

This Group research projects are financially supported by the main Brazilian funding agencies, among which FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES are detached. Besides, the Group counts on the support of companies and NGOs for its researches and didactic activities.

Members: Alberto Wunderler Ramos, Clovis Armando Alvarenga Netto, Gregório Bouer (collaborating professor), Eduardo de Senzi Zancul, Fernando Tobal Berssanetti, José Joaquim do Amaral Ferreira, Linda Lee Ho and Marly Monteiro de Carvalho 

TTO – Work, Technology and Organization 

It deals with organizational issues in all the instances of the productive activity – factory, service production, and all the other activities such as projects, R&D (research and development), engineering, innovation, office activities in general. It devotes special attention to the dynamic relationship between work and technology. Part of the social-technical approach for diagnosing, designing processes for producing goods and services and their management systems. It applies ergonomic principles to study human work and seeks the relationship between Engineering and Applied Social Sciences.

TTO has great insertion both in the national and international debate. Institutionally, TTO members participate in a number of activities: Center for Technology and Sustainable Innovation Policy and Management at the USP (PGT/USP); of the scientific coordination of the research network GERPISA International Network (Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches Permanent sur l’Industrie et les Salariés de l’Automobile); Research Support Center – The Observatory of Innovation and Competitiveness (NAP-OIC); editorial committee of top journals, emitting opinions in organisms such as FAPESP, CNPq, BID etc., among a number of other activities.

TTO Members: Afonso Carlos Corrêa Fleury, Fausto Leopoldo Mascia, Guilherme Ary Plonski, Laerte Idal Sznelwar, Mario Sergio Salerno, Mauro Zilbovicius, Roberto Marx and Uiara Bandineli Montedo