Research groups are born international, say the Production Engineering (PE-BR). This happens when the researcher returns to his country after holding a doctorate or postdoctoral fellowship abroad. The Production Engineering is an area of knowledge with fairly recent development in the group of engineering, so they say that the research groups are born with the collaboration of foreign advisers, with partnerships between university researchers and universities or institutions of the country where they sought their training. That is, it starts as a network.
The main researcher, who wishes to form his own group, connects researchers looking for the same area of interest. The group includes other researchers, the leader’s colleagues, students, technicians, and others. Later, diversification may arise.
A Production Engineering research group can also be established as a network to meet the practical knowledge production interests and applied to the needs of the economy and society, the needs of enterprises, and research notices. The more the motivation, the more the leader involves, the other members, in the core group. A network or group may include, for example, companies from the professional field, journal editors, and business professionals. For each problem manifested by companies, organizations, a new group can form a new research network. In this case, each new network meets the resolution of practical problems. The network features a science available at the university at the service of an application in real problems.
In the speeches of the engineers, we observed the concern of the leaders on keeping the group development by the creation of opportunities for young people departing from the knowledge and connections available in their own research group. Respondents say the events, workshops, and meetings are motivators for group members. A group leader acts to open opportunities, to promote doctoral student exchanges with other countries, and collaboration with researchers and leaders from other countries. The groups form networks with international collaborators, professionals from outside the university that enrich the existing knowledge. The PE- BR researcher refers to the creation of groups and networks that require maintenance and development; therefore, leadership should be aware of the activities that support the networks performance. Their role is also to generate income resulting from the sale of scientific research works competing for produce innovation with market value. They can also generate financial resources planning for the developmental and control agencies. The cohesion of the group could be stimulated by the distribution of work, sometimes paid. If there are additional incomes resulting from a research project, the resources are distributed between group members.