The Programa de Pós-Graduação em Administração (PPGA, Postgraduate Business Administration Program) was started in 2007, after recommendation by CAPES. This achievement resulted from the work of a group of professors selected by the University of South Santa Catarina (UNISUL), who were members of the institution’s faculty. The Program was also supported by investments made in training and steering of scientific research, complementary to those faculty teaching and extension activities. Gradually and smoothly, the Program acquired maturity and consolidated itself as a reference in the Institution and in the regional scope in which it operated, achieving a differentiated position compared to other programs implemented in the State.
UNISUL aims to maintain and enhance its Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Courses, including the Masters’ degree and Doctorate degree courses in Business Administration, which contribute positively to the development of professionals, both qualifying teachers to work in higher education, as well as, providing more qualified professionals to meet the demanding requirements of the diversified and advanced economy of the State of Santa Catarina, which is the sixth largest state in this country, with the highest HDI among Brazilian states.
PPGA UNISUL’s Major Area is PERFORMANCE AND INNOVATION OF ORGANIZATIONS, which is aligned with the faculty’s profile, with the market demands and with the University’s PDI (Institutional Development Program).
The Program has deliberative and consultative bodies, represented as follows: by the Course’s Collegiate Board, formed by permanent professors and collaborators, with student representation, who ordinarily meet every first Tuesday of the month; by the CAPES Criteria Planning and Monitoring Committee, composed of three professors; by the Permanent Student Selection Committee formed by three professors; by the Scholarship Selection and Monitoring Committee, also composed of three professors; by the Re-accreditation Commission; by the PPGA Website Monitoring Committee and by the leaders of the Research Groups. Each line of research has a professor responsible to support the Coordination and the Collegiate of the Course in discussions concerning disciplines and curriculum structure. The integration and interaction of these instances have contributed to the improvement of the Program.
The CAPES Criteria Planning and Monitoring Committee plays an essential role in the discussion and conveyance, to the Board, of the criteria and metrics used in the evaluation process. From these discussions, the Planning Strategic Program was built in the Collegiate Board, with specific actions in the items/indicators that presented improvement opportunities, in the light of the annual self-assessment process. The process of self-assessment and planning monitoring takes place continuously, with reviews, adjustments and feedback given at collegiate meetings.
The Permanent Student Selection Committee has improved the selection process and monitored the performance of students. Keeping the same members on the Committee generated learning and experience with their members, contributing to the selection of candidates with a profile more aligned with the stricto sensu concepts and the needs of the PPGA. In addition, a more cohesive and consistent selection process has developed, with regard to the public notices procedures and the execution of the process as a whole. New dissemination practices were sought in addition to those already existing. More targeted contacts with Higher Education institutions added to the program candidates who work in these institutions, which allows the PPGA to contribute to the training of professionals for the labor market.
The PPGA Website Monitoring Committee seeks to keep all information which is of interest to the students and the external public up to date, based on CAPES guidelines, contained in the Assessment Form, which establishes transparency and visibility practices for the Program.
In recent years, the program has gained greater visibility, attracting students from other regions and states, in addition to an internal process of greater participation and involvement of the Collegiate Board in the decisions inherent to the course.
The Permanent Committee for Selection and Monitoring of Scholarship holders plays a prominent role, with actions that include the process of scholarships award and also monitoring the development of all activities of the scholarship recipients in the Program. The standardization of criteria, transparency and continuous evaluation of the activities carried out by the scholarship holders ensure improvements in the performance of the PPGA.
Another practical action that has produced very good results is the appointment of an academic advisor at the beginning of the student’s entry into the Program, who assumes the role of responsible for monitoring and supervising the students. The challenge is that each student, especially doctoral students, publishes at least one article in a qualified journal, annually.
PPGA has been addressed since 2012, with the Collegiate Resolution 03, dated 12/17/2012, which defines the PPGA TEACHER ACCREDITATION and renewal, with well-defined criteria, which made this practice more objective and transparent for the recomposition of the teaching staff, when necessary. The Resolution also became a guiding reference for the group of professors that make up the Program. This policy foresees criteria for the accreditation of collaborating professors from the Institution itself, the migration from collaborating professor to permanent professor and the maintenance and/or de-accreditation of permanent professors. At the beginning of the year, there is a process of re-accreditation of the Program’s permanent teachers, following the Resolution´s provisions. Resolution 03/2012 is being revised and updated by an internal PPGA committee and should go through the approval process.
The renewal of the Faculty involves accreditation strategies for newly graduated Doctors who are part of the UNISUL faculty, in addition to the possible use of professors who carry out post-doctoral studies at the PPGA, through an external selection process. Once these possibilities are exhausted, a Public Notice for external professors´ retention is issued.
– Revista Eletrônica de Estratégia & Negócios (REEN)
The Program also publishes the Electronic Strategy & Business Magazine (REEN), first issued in 2008, classified in the A3 Stratum of Qualis/CAPES (new version dated 2019). REEN has an Editorial Board composed of renowned researchers from several countries. The journal is issued quarterly and its editorial policy is in line with the Good Scientific Publication Practices of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Administration (ANPAD). Over the past few years, several improvements have been brought to the Journal, mainly aiming at its internationalization. REEN is part of the Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index by Thomson Reuters. Classification in the Stratum A3 demonstrates that the efforts and improvements implemented have been generating results.