Strategies for Identification of Interdisciplinary Research Subjects: Approach, Tools, and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Agricultural Economies

  • Wilmar Osorio VianaEmail author
  • Paola Andrea Calderón Cuartas
  • Javier Mauricio Naranjo Vasco


The use of the historical particularities of the research group, as a valuable source of new interpretations of reality, is presented for a “change of mentality”, considering action at the individual and community levels. The scope of this chapter was to take a closer look at the scientific research activities that a small research group from Colombia has done in the field of engineering since 2010, in order to improve our knowledge management and to get a positive impact in our society. It is our desire that the perspectives grounded in our own experience and presented in this chapter improve over that situation and also can be useful for small, young, and enthusiastic research groups in the developing countries in LA&C and in other parts of the world. Similarly, it can provide them with some tools that can be adapted to its own social context, to accomplish its goals of general and global contributions of science and technology to human knowledge, well-being, and development for all.


Sustainable development Agro-based economies Technological innovation systems Knowledge management indicators 


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  • Wilmar Osorio Viana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paola Andrea Calderón Cuartas
    • 1
  • Javier Mauricio Naranjo Vasco
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group in Technological and Environmental Developments, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and ArchitectureUniversidad Católica de ManizalesManizalesColombia

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