Mário Franco

Mário Franco
Universidade da Beira Interior | UBI · Department of Management and Economics; CEFAGE-UBI Research Center

PhD in Management

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From a collaborative entrepreneurship perspective, this study aims to understand the functioning of craft breweries’ cooperation networks. To this end, a qualitative approach was adopted and the context of study was a craft beer network in the region of Porto, Portugal. Data collection was through documentary analysis, social networks and semi-stru...
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Several studies have addressed the attributes necessary for an organization to ensure organisational competitiveness, but the literature on organizational agility is fragmented. Therefore, this study aims to identify the contributions of organizational agility, as well as the approaches that facilitate its action for effectiveness among the departm...
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The present research aims to compile and analyze the existing literature on the role of inter-organizational networks in the competitiveness of tourist destinations. To this end, a systematic literature review methodology was used. In this study were analyzed 113 articles published between 2001 and 2020 to identify and classify the main topics in t...
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This study aims to fill a gap in the literature by conducting the scientific and bibliometric mapping of work stress in accounting professionals, using a methodological trilogy that contributes to this topic, namely the application of the ROC curve, Prisma and R bibliometric tools. Through the analysis of a sample of 103 articles, it was found that...
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Women with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion are able to stimulate economic activity in rural regions, even when driven by need. In this context, Brazil is a country where being an entrepreneur through need has gained increasing relevance in the economy of rural communities, where women crucially become empowered to contribute to wealth creati...
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Leadership is viewed as a phenomenon allowing advantages for organizations and their success. Although much research has been done on the concept of leadership, many studies do not include the different styles, perspectives, and contexts of leadership. As such, this book aims to fill this gap by combining several studies on leadership from diff...
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Digital transformation (DT) changed the means and mechanisms for acquiring knowledge, meaning that higher education institutions (HEI) changed the form of student-lecturer and teaching-learning interaction. Digital transformation must have a relevant role in building the hard skills (HS) necessary for academic entrepreneurship, where HS are easily...
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: Entrepreneurial Intention (EI) is one of the dimensions most studied and validated scientifically in the literature associated with entrepreneurship. This study intends to go one step further in developing the literature by presenting little studied dimensions as direct antecedents of EI. Its aim is to analyse the influence of the dimensions of R...
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This study aims to identify the different research paths that help us un-derstand the emerging aspects explaining how team diversity influences team performance. We also present future lines of investigation that could help us understand this theme. The study is a systematic literature review (SLR) of articles collected from the Web of Science (WoS...
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University-firm cooperation (UF-C) is an important factor in regional development. This type of cooperation occurs through relations established to carry out research and teaching and develop products and processes. In this type of relationship, formal or informal channels are used. Analysis of these relations is through various approaches, such as...
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The analysis of organisational ambidexterity in the small and medium-sized enterprise context should consider their unique characteristics, including size, internal structure, the low level of use of management practices and great capacity to introduce innovative products. Aiming to understand how the characteristics of SMEs influence, or do not in...
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The world is undergoing exponential urbanization, with consequences for society in general, both for cities and people, with serious economic, social and environmental implications. Therefore, it is crucial to reconsider urban models of cities, to ensure global, long-term sustainability. Numerous researchers have argued that one of these models inv...
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The objective of this study is to determine the influence of web portals utilization on management support and performance in universities, considering the information quality of these tools. To this end, a quantitative study was made, using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and a structured questionnaire, directed to teaching and non-teaching st...
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Abstract: Digital technology always accelerates change, altering organisations culturally, socially and technically. These modifications are known as “digital transformation” (DT). On a much greater scale than DT, the world was changed in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, which re-organised society in the way of thinking, acting, producing, consuming...
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Purpose: Digital technology changes the organisational structure of traditional firms, creating opportunities for entrepreneurship. These modifications are known as "digital transformation" (DT). In addition, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are altering the form of student-lecturer and teaching-learning interaction, where DT restructures the ba...
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This study aims to identify and analyse the success factors of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) following the lines of dynamic capabilities and resources-based views. To achieve this objective, the multiple case study method was followed, where 10 SMEs/cases in Portugal were selected. From a content analysis of the interviews conducted to...
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Purpose: This study aims to list indicators to allow construction of a ranking for environmental sustainability in towns and cities, in relation to energy and water consumption and the prevention, production and management of waste. A systematization of theoretical and empirical indices was elaborated, focused on this dimension. Design/methodology/...
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Focused on the intersection between entrepreneurial resilience and different forms of collaboration, this research makes a systematic analysis of the literature resorting to various complementary bibliometric techniques (key-word co-occurrence; bibliographic coupling of documents; bibliographic coupling of authors; co-citation of references). Accor...
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: In all areas of knowledge, research has shown the devastating effects of COVID 19, and the impact on families’ financial stress and well-being is one of them. Crises are predictors of families’ financial stress, as they produce changes in their income and negative feelings, such as fear and demotivation, which affect well-being. This study analys...
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This research aimed to study the influence of environmental dynamism and technological capacity on organisational ambidexterity (OA) and the moderating role of environmental dynamism in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). To this end, a structural equation model was applied to a sample of 224 SMEs in the sector of information technology, tele...
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Purpose: This study analyses the importance of intellectual capital (IC) in networks formed by start-ups, with a view to obtaining resources that individually they would be unable to acquire. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve this aim, a qualitative approach was adopted, and within this, the case study method was used. The data-collecting in...
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Purpose: Using Self-Determination Theory and individual social responsibility’s association with pure social entrepreneurship, this study aims to answer the following question: How and why have the different actors responded to the crisis caused by the pandemic? Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative research (multiple case studies) was adopted,...
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Recently, some authors have pointed out that the subject of university-firm collaboration (UFC) in the teaching context has been neglected. To fill this gap, and considering that the educational service is co-created with the different stakeholders, this study aims to make an exploratory characterisation of the current state of UFC in the teaching...
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There is increasing recognition worldwide of the importance of academic activities, specifically in situations of pandemics. Therefore, this study aimed to understand the effects of COVID 19 on lecturers/researchers and Ph.D. and master students who have faced unexpected and continuous disruption in their teaching and research activities. To fulfil...
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This study seeks to find out the main achievements of a cross-border cooperation project (INESPO III) in terms of innovation and university-firm knowledge transfer in a region situated in the central region of Portugal and Castile and León, Spain. To achieve this aim, research of a qualitative and exploratory nature was chosen., i.e., case study me...
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Outsourcing and offshoring are beginning to be common practices in organizations, focusing on the softest organizational structures and in this way significantly reducing fixed structural costs, whether in production, service provision, or human capital. However, choosing these instruments involves risks and uncertainties since they involve transac...
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The Mining Industry, in general, involves large economic capital and causes a huge socio-environmental impact, aspects both linked to the Firm Theory and to Sustainable Development. In this relationship between these theoretical constructs, the leading manager must daily decide to balance his decisions to meet the expectations of the stakeholders....
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:“Factory of Boxes” is an Active Learning (AL) where concepts related to Industrial Engineering, Mechanics, Mechatronics, Electrotechnics and Entrepreneurial Management can be cultivated. The interconnection of these concepts offers the possibility of developing skills in the most diverse areas of knowledge. It is the use of AL, simulating the meth...
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Digital entrepreneurship is an inseparable axis of technological evolution and digitalization experienced in the twenty-first century, so the role played by the technological and related sectors requires the relevant investment of all economic and non-economic actors in places with administrative and political powers. Like any kind of entrepreneurs...
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Outsourcing is part of a system, as it includes products and services integrated in a value chain and which are performed by an external (contracted) firm, aiming to establish an interdependent, collaborative and trusting relationship between the contracting and contracted firms. Like any dimension of business in organisa�tions, changes in organ...
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Governments have increasingly encouraged firms to have products, cleaner production processes and service provision with less ecological impact. Therefore, eco-innovation has become the focus of many firms, and consequently, researchers and managers have paid more attention to this aspect. However, only a few studies provide a global research panor...
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Purpose: This study aims to analyse the influence of the dimensions of Creativity, Entrepreneurial Passion and Perceived Behaviour on the Entrepreneurial Intention of students in higher education institutions (HEI). Design/methodology/approach: Five hundred and twenty-eight questionnaires were collected from higher education students, 32% being ma...
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This study aims to (1) analyse whether university students’ psychological and cognitive factors influence the entrepreneurial intention and integration in academic hazing, and (2) assess the effect the entrepreneurial intention may have on integration in academic hazing. Using a sample of 258 new students from the Faculty of Social and Human Scienc...
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Purpose: This study aims to understand to what extent family firms engage in and understand the importance of cooperation, while analysing the underlying barriers that may restrain cooperative engagement. Design/methodology/approach: Considering the purpose of this study, a qualitative exploratory approach is adopted, using a multiple case study me...
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Guided by Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), this study aims to examine the influence of digital entrepreneurship on the digitalization and management of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), as well as contributing to developing this topic which is so far little developed in the scientific world. To this end, data were collected from 71 questi...
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Who could have imagined that the COVID 19 crisis would affect the whole world? This means that all aspects of society in general have felt the consequences of the measures imposed to reduce contagion. Firms, business and their management had to be, and must continue to be resilient, and entrepreneurs creative to overcome the present and future impa...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many firms to close, causing an unprecedented interruption in trade in most sectors of economic activity worldwide. Although global supply chains have been affected by the general lockdown, due to their particular characteristics, small and medi-um-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been hit most severely by the measures...
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Purpose: From an absorptive capacity perspective, this study aims to analyse the influence of strategic alliances on the development of intellectual capital. Design/methodology/approach: To do so, a quantitative study was chosen, with data on technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Portugal, leading to 257 valid answers. Fin...
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The importance of cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) has increased and allows the development of competitive advantages, particularly through the transfer of knowledge and technology. Establishing well-conceived and well-managed cooperation networks can bring benefits and overcome obstacles. This article aims to analyse the imp...
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Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education Purpose: Higher education internships have been studied in different aspects, mainly from the student or university perspective. To contribute to the understanding of the third actor in this type of university-industry cooperation, the paper examines employers’ perspectives on higher education intern...
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Purpose: The change in couples’ personal ambitions concerning their careers, how they look after their family and how they deal with the work-family balance has revolutionised their position in the business world, specifically in family businesses. When couples embark on a joint business, we have copreneurial couples or copreneurs, the concept havi...
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This empirical study aims to identify the factors influencing the use of Moodle as a Learning Management Systems (LMS) in the academic context. To fulfil this objective, a quantitative study was carried out through a questionnaire directed to Portuguese university students, which obtained a total of 631 valid answers. The results obtained, based on...
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This study aims to analyse the influence that interfirm partnership motives can have on the implementation of organisational innovation activities. To achieve this aim, a quantitative cross-sectional research design was adopted, surveying owners-managers of small and medium-sized enterprises in the automotive sector. Based on the empirical evidence...
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This study aims to present the relation between universities and small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs), through a systematic literature review.SMEs play an important role in economic development. Similarly, universities are a relevant actor in the innovation system. To fulfil this objective, data were collected from the Scopus database. The bibl...
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There has been increasing attention in research on spirituality in management in recent decades. Its outputs, such as improved commitment, satisfaction, enhanced performance, and a reduction in turnover, are appreciated. To knowledge sharing occurs is crucial that the ambiance (physical, virtual, or mental) be developed with love, friendship, and m...
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This study seeks to understand the main factors predicting the future entrepreneurial attitude and intention of higher education students. To do so, a questionnaire was sent to a sample of 508 students at a higher education institution (HEI) in the central region of Portugal. From a structural equation model, the results show that students’ entrepr...
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The transfer of knowledge and technology in multinational firms (MNE) is fundamental for market development and is therefore a recurrent topic in the literature. This study aims to map the extensive literature on knowledge and technology transfer in multinationals, through a bibliometric review using the “bibliometrix package” software, preceded by...
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The Queijo Serra da Estrela, DOP is the oldest Portuguese cheese recognized internationally. The objective of this paper is to analyse a rural, agri-entrepreneurial network created by a young, female, craft cheese producer located in an area of low population density in the inland central region of Portugal. For data collection, several qualitative...
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COVID 19, What to do now? This issue has had devastating effects in all domains of society worldwide. Lockdown, the lack of freedom and social distancing meant the closure of a country’s entire activity. Having effects at all levels, beside incalculable ones in health, it is argued that scientific activity in education, business, economics and mana...
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Purpose: This study aims to identify the main reasons for forming a cooperation agreement in the context of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) and understand the role of reputation in this business process. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve these objectives, a qualitative research approach was adopted, specifically the case study metho...
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Following a network approach, this study aims to understand the potential of inter-organisational relationships in clusters for sharing knowledge and innovation. To this end, qualitative research of an exploratory nature was undertaken, with the information being gathered through interviews with owners and managers of small and medium-sized (SME) f...
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This special issue, "Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation”, comprises a selection of papers addressing approaches and tools to understand how entrepreneurship and innovation can be good vehicles for the competitiveness. These studies address the multifaceted topics around entrepreneurship, such as exploratory and exploitative innovation...
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Purpose: Based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), this study aims to determine the influence of personality traits on the acceptance and usage of web portals in Portuguese universities. Design/methodology/approach: To this end, a quantitative study was made, using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and a structured questionnaire, directed...
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This paper contributes to the literature on entrepreneurship and small business management by testing the relationship between the non-economic organizational performance and the individual entrepreneurship capacity, and by providing new insights about the need for promoting a truly cognitive entrepreneur. Towards the use of individual data relativ...
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Purpose: Urban sustainability is an inseparable dimension of today's cities, so the role played by creativity, and consequently, sustainable urban entrepreneurship and the networks this raises, originate the pro-activity of these two constructs towards a tripartition (economic, social and environmental). This study aims to measure sustainable urban...
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In an increasingly global and competitive world, organizations need to search for additional methods to gain competitive advantage and enhance performance. Greater relevance is attributed to inter-organizational learning, a key factor for the success of an organization. The aim of this research is to present a systematic review of organizational le...
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Abstract: This study aims to understand the role networks can play in the internationalization process of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the wine-producing sector. It adopted the qualitative method and focused on a wine-producing network in the Portuguese region of Ribatejo. For data collecting, several interviews with key informants,...
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Purpose: The main objective of this study is to understand the role that family council and protocol can have in the planning process of family companies. Design/methodology/approach: To reach this general objective, the qualitative approach was used, using multiple case studies: seven Portuguese family companies. As data collection techniques, in...
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The objective of this study is to investigate the link between leadership types and the entrepreneurial behaviour of health care providers. In particular, the focus is on whether and to what extent the relationship between transformational and transactional leadership and the attitudes towards collective entrepreneurship is affected by mediator var...
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https://www.intechopen.com/books/digital-leadership-a-new-leadership-style-for-the-21st-century ////// Digital leadership has been seen as a phenomenon allowing competitive advantages for organizations, but some studies do not include the risks, benefits, and challenges of this type of leadership. Consequently, the objective of this book is to fi...
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This study aims to understand the role of incubators, involved in international cooperation networks, in the process of internationalization of incubated SMEs. Thus from an exploratory research, the method of multiple case studies was used, that is, three incubators (cases) were studied, two in Portugal and one in England. The interviews, the qu...
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Purpose: The central objective of this study is to analyse the influence of failure factors on entrepreneurial resilience in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Design/methodology/approach: To achieve this goal, a quantitative and cross-sectional study was carried out. Using snowball sampling technique, 133 Angolan MSMEs founders re...
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Purpose: This paper aims to identify and discuss the concept of servant leadership, find some dimensions and understand how staffs in organizations make sense of this style of leadership. Design/methodology/approach: Multiple exploratory case studies in six Portuguese organizations/firms were performed. As data-collecting instruments, several inter...
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Consortia are a form of association between organisations seeking to reach a common objective. This study aims to systematize discussion in the area of library consortia and relate it to aspects of information management. To this end, the Web of Science databases was used to identify the literature to be analysed, resorting to Bibliometrix software...
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The literature on innovation suggests that cooperation in R&D has a very positive effect on the performance of firms' technological innovation, but little is known about its impact on organizational innovation. Thus, this chapter aims to analyze the effect of R&D cooperation on firms' abilities to introduce organizational innovation. A quantitative...
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Collaboration in R&D has had a positive influence on the performance of firms, but little is known about its impact on organizational innovation. Therefore, this article analyzes the influence of R&D collaboration on firms' ability to introduce organizational innovation. A quantitative approach was used, based on a sample of 5.079 Portuguese firms...
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The difficulties and challenges of cooperation networks in the area of health originate the need for more transparent policies to improve the quality of service, focusing on the main actors involved and analysis of the emerging trend in research. Through a systematic literature review (SLR) covering the last 20 years, articles were selected from th...
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JOURNAL: City, Culture and Society This study makes a systematic review of the literature on networks and performance of creative cities, consisting of a bibliometric analysis whose final sample covered 102 publications. The results reveal growing interest in the concept of creative cities, identifying two clusters: (1) Creative cities and their c...
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Purpose: This study aims to analyse the influence of strategic alliances on the development of human capital. More precisely, the specific research objectives are: to analyse the influence of (1) knowledge / learning, (2) efficiency and (3) market on human capital. Design/methodology/approach: To do so, a quantitative study was chosen, with data o...
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The agri-food sector has changed significantly over the years, moving from a simple production system to a more and more industrialized one. For agents/operators involved in this sector, ensuring product quality, the environmental externalities, has become the key point in order to gain a competitive advantage. In this context, Corporate Social Res...
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The corporate sustainability strategy in organisations is a current topic and set in Agenda 2030 for sustainability, and so this study aims to map the literature on the subject through a bibliometric analysis. From 97 documents identified and analysed, the results obtained show the fragmentation and hiatus between the planning of a global strategy...
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The urgency to make today’s cities competitive has made political decision-makers focus on strategies oriented towards creativity, intelligence and urban sustainability. This scenario has led to the need to measure, assess and monitor the effects of those strategies on cities’ performance. Therefore, this study aims to present the scientific and ro...
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The main aim of this study is to identify and understand the conditions of success in the implementation, use and maintenance of electronic libraries (e-libraries) in the academic context of higher education, through the lens of the Social Learning Theory (SLT). To achieve this goal, a qualitative approach was adopted, through a case study of the e...
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This study aims to systematize indicators and indices that allow measurement sustainable development in cities and towns (economic, social and environmental). It is one dimension that is inseparable from current cities and its extent is a major concern for political decision-makers worldwide, and also present their individual weights in that perfor...
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Resumo: As alianças entre Instituições de Ensino Superior (IES) são amplamente consideradas como importantes para sustentar o desenvolvimento e sucesso da sociedade do conhecimento, da sociedade académica e dos novos modelos de financiamento das mesmas. Assim, este estudo exploratório e qualitativo englobou 12 IES com acordos institucionais ao abri...
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Purpose: This study focuses on the sustainable entrepreneurship practices used in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), aiming to understand the reasons leading owners-managers to implement them, as well as the benefits they provide, considering the three domains of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. Design/methodolog...
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The measurement of cities’ holistic performance is complex but fundamental to conclude about the economic growth of regions and countries. In addition, the results of this measurement allow classification of cities through grouping them in clusters with homogeneous characteristics. In this connection, the aim of this study is to present a taxonomy...
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Sustainability is a growing concern in the business world. Therefore, establishing cooperative University-Firm (U-F) relationships, with a view to promoting the implementation of sustainability practices, has become increasingly important and valued by both firms and academia. Thus, from a sustainable entrepreneurship perspective, this study aims t...
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In a globalising world, international mobility is an important phenomenon for both the students themselves and for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It is therefore essential to understand the factors that determine international students’ satisfaction with their host HEIs. Through research of an exploratory, quantitative nature, this study pre...