Title: Organisation for technology management intervention mechanism to improve the feasibility of systems of complex epidemiological research

Authors: L.R. Vega-González; A.A. Herrera Becerra

Addresses: Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, A.P. 70-186, Delegación Coyoacán, CP 04510, México D.F., México ' Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, A.P. 70-186, Delegación Coyoacán, CP 04510, México D.F., México

Abstract: The epidemiological investigation projects are characterised by its great number of actors, the huge quantities of information generated and the complex interactions between the participant agents. In first place we discussed the activities of the epidemiological research process and its realisation sequence. We propose that an external organisation for technology management (OTM) helps establishing adequate time and the procedures for communication while the research team must develop accelerated learning and efficient communication to be able to perform the investigation project properly. Here the case of mammary cancer epidemiology investigation in Mexico City is presented. Before to begin with the investigation process it is necessary the integration of a qualified multidisciplinary research team and the definition of the proper research questions. The conclusion is that an OTM is an intervention mechanism necessary to promote the feasibility of complex investigation projects helping the investigation team to generate higher order organisational competences improving the communication and the efficient adaptation of the investigation team into a turbulent research environment.

Keywords: complex investigation; technology management intervention; epidemiological research; complex technology management; higher order competences; Mexico; multidisciplinary research teams.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2013.058134

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2013 Vol.9 No.2, pp.93 - 107

Available online: 08 Dec 2013 *

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