The Innovation Research Center (NITEC) is the main research group on Innovation and Management of Technology in the country, it is associated to the Management Postgraduate Program (PPGA) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). NITEC was created in 1991 by emeritus professor Dr. Edi Madalena Fracasso and coordinated by herself until 2009. Since 2010 it is under professor Dr. Paulo Antoni Zawislak`s coordination.
The NITEC is an interdisciplinary center which constantly interacts with society. The team aims to generate and disseminate knowledge regarding management of technological innovation, production and technological strategies while targeting the competitive edge of companies and a sustainable development.
Currently, the group counts with the effort of researcher-professors nationally and internationally renowned, as well as PhD, master degree, and undergraduate students. The international status of the group is consolidated by its high-level publications productivity and its partnerships with worldwide known business schools.