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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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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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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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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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 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 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...
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The general aim of this study is to assess the relationships between external and internal auditors concerning cooperation and trust as resources integrated in organizations’ line of defence, to favour solid, opportune and transparent decision-making in organs of governance. More precisely, the specific aims are: (1) to analyze the relationship bet...
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Purpose: Based on firms’ need to remain competitive and dynamic in a scenario of constant change, this study aims to compare the actors involved in cooperation for innovation between Brazilian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large firms (LFs), and also in two industries/sectors, manufacturing and services. Design/methodology/approach...
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This study aims to systematize indicators and indices that allow measurement of governance and information and communication technology (ICT) as sub-dimensions of cities’ intelligence performance, and also present their individual weights in that performance. A systematization of 11 theoretical and empirical indices was elaborated, focused on these...
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In today’s increasingly global economy, the relationships of competition between countries and regions have changed. Therefore, regional development networks have come to assume relevance at the regional level, and through a literature review, this study aims to answer the question: What is the role of regional development networks in regions’ comp...
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Organisational networks allow the creation and development of knowledge that can be transferred and shared among their components, with an impact on organisations’ innovation and performance. Based on this perspective, this study is the result of research on scientific production related to knowledge transfer in the context of inter-organisational...
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Purpose: Based on resource dependence theory and the concept of interlocking directorates, this study sought to understand the importance of networks for start-ups and the role incubators play in these companies’ networking processes. Design/methodology/approach: The research was conducted through semi-structured interviews with the entrepreneurs r...
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This study aims to identify the indicators/indices for measuring current cities’ creative performance and the individual weight of each in that performance. To do so, a review and compilation of theoretical and empirical indices already developed was undertaken, showing culture, the creative economy and a favourable environment as inseparable sub-d...
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Purpose: The main aim of this study is to find evidence contributing to construction of the dimensions of personal values, professionalization and succession, as well as proposing a new theoretical framework (model) showing the relations between these dimensions and their factors. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative research approach was ad...
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Knowledge and innovation are critical resources for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, there is lack of research on the influence of knowledge and innovation on SMEs’ sustainable development and how this can stimulate the growth and development of disadvantaged regions. In order to explore these phenomena, a qualitative approach wa...
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Coletânea Luso-brasileira traz capítulos relacionados à gestão da informação, à segurança social e à economia criativa. Buscamos ampliar as fronteiras do conhecimento para além da temática de gestão da informação, objeto permanente de estudo da Coletânea Luso-brasileira, desde suas primeiras edições, e avançamos sobre abordagens de temas contemporâ...
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Urban sustainability is an inseparable dimension of today's cities, so the role played by creativity and, consequently, sustainable urban entrepreneurship and the networks they raise, originate the proactivity of these two constructs towards a tripartite (economic, social and environmental) themselves. Thus, this study objects to identify the key i...
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Structured Abstract Purpose: This study aims to understand the role that family protocol can have in the succession planning process of family businesses. Design/methodology/approach: For this purpose, we decided on a qualitative approach and performed an exploratory case study in Portugal: one firm with a family protocol. As data collection techn...
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Cities are essential vectors for economic and sustainable development worldwide, as a consequence of globalization and the recent economic, financial, social, and environmental crises. In this connection, urban creativity, intelligence, and sustainability are inseparable dimensions of those cities, since when they are in harmony with the networks f...
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The aim of this study is to analyze the process of academic spin-off creation, identifying the barriers in order to suggest how to overcome them. For this purpose, a case study method was adopted, and as data-collecting instruments, several in-depth interviews and documentary analysis were used from three academic spin-offs. The empirical evidence...
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From the technology acceptance model (TAM) this study aims to identify the drivers of successful implementation of information and communication technology (ICT) in micro-firms and their impact on organizational performance. To this end, a quantitative study was undertaken, where the data-collecting instrument was an online questionnaire administer...
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Journal: Industry & Higher Education ---- Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Firms (F) mediated by the Student’s curricular internship (S) allow increased mutual benefits in the form of the exchange of knowledge and innovation. This study investigates these relationships by testing various hypotheses aiming to measure th...
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Purpose: The main aim of this study is to understand the family dynamics factors and gender roles influencing the functioning of copreneurial business practices, to propose a conceptual framework based on these factors/roles. Design/methodology/approach: For this purpose, a qualitative approach was adopted, through analysis of seven businesses cre...
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Web portals have become vital for Higher Education Institutions (HEI), since they serve as an interface and communication channel between all academic staff. Therefore, this study aims to provide a systematic literature review (SLR) of the role of web portals as tools to support information management in HEIs, based on various studies published up...
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Based on a set of universally accepted cooperative principles, cooperatives stand out as promoting equality, community development and their members’ well-being. Therefore, this study aims to understand which factors influence cooperators’ satisfaction. The research adopted a quantitative methodology with the data-collecting instrument being based...
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Purpose: From the network approach, the aim of this research is to provide empirical evidence about the role of international cooperative alliances in the decision of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to internationalize and remain in the external market. Design/methodology/approach: To fulfil the proposed objective, qualitative research w...
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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 study aims to analyze 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 f...
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This study aims to determine the relationships between personal values (PV) and the professionalization of family firms. To achieve this objective, the theoretical model of personal values by Schwartz (1994, 1992) and the multi-dimensional model of professionalization by Dekker et al. (2013, 2015) were used, highlighting the inclusion of three more...
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Purpose: The objective of this study is to identify and analyse the particularities of marketing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), to try to understand how networking can influence the marketing activities implemented in this firm segment. Design/methodology/approach: For this purpose, we decided on a qualitative approach and performed...
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From a network perspective, the main objective of this study is to analyse how living labs contribute to promoting urban entrepreneurship in towns and cities and their sustainability. To achieve this aim, a qualitative research approach was adopted, specifically an exploratory case study of a living lab in a Portuguese town. As data collecting inst...
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Purpose: This study aims to analyse the impact of different knowledge sources used by firms to adopt organizational innovation, in relation to organization of responsibilities and decision-making in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach: To fulfil the proposed objective, quantitative research, based on a sample of 2,591 Portuguese firms was u...
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The aim of this study is to provide a wide-ranging view of the benefits and obstacles of cooperation between university research centres. To do so, the four dimensions associated with knowledge transfer, choice of partners, culture and financing were considered. A qualitative approach was adopted, and within this the case study method: the SiNGULAR...
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This study aims to identify factors for success in creative incubators from a cultural entrepreneurship perspective. In order to achieve this goal, a qualitative approach and the case study method were adopted. Therefore, Portuguese creative and cultural incubators were selected: INSerralves and UPTEC/PINC. Data collection was based on interviews a...
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https://www.intechopen.com/books/positive-and-negative-aspects-of-outsourcing Outsourcing has been seen as a phenomenon allowing competitive advantages for organizations, but some studies do not include the causes and consequences of this particular strategy. Consequently, the objective of this book is to fill this gap by combining several studies...
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This study aims to identify factors for success in creative incubators from a cultural entrepreneurship perspective. In order to achieve this goal, a qualitative approach and the case study method were adopted. Therefore, Portuguese creative and cultural incubators were selected: INSerralves and UPTEC/PINC. Data collection was based on interviews a...
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ABSTRACT: Setting out from the personal values theory of Schwartz (1992), this study aims to analyse the possible influences of personal values on the succession process in family firms. Data were collected through an online questionnaire together with a sample formed of 226 Portuguese family firms. Based on structural equation modelling (SEM), of...
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This study aims to understand the different types of inter-organisational cooperation relationships among agricultural entrepreneurs, adopting a qualitative approach and the case study method. It analyses a case study of agricultural entrepreneurs located in an inland area of central Portugal, which is traditionally a producer of black-eyed beans a...
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Setting out from the relevance of cooperatives worldwide and their important economic and social role, this research aims to understand what motivates cooperators in different segments to be part of a cooperation process with a cooperative. To do so, an exploratory and qualitative study was carried out following the multiple case study method. For...
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The present chapter aims to understand the influence of university cooperation networks on their regional economy. It focuses on the following research question: What are the determinants of university cooperation networks? To attain this objective, we pursued two exploratory case studies in Portugal focusing on firms cooperating with the Universit...
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Purpose This study aims to investigate whether organizational commitment in small and medium-sized family enterprises (FSMEs) is associated with their employees’ contextual performance. Design/methodology/approach A quantitative and exploratory research approach was adopted focusing on FSMEs based in an inland region of Portugal. These were consid...
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Purpose From social network theory, this study aims to understand how trust is built in a coopetition relationship. Design/methodology/approach A case study of a qualitative nature was carried out using several semi-structured interviews with managers of two Brazilian firms involved in a dyadic coopetition relationship. Findings Based on the empi...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to deepen and contribute to knowledge of the use of social network sites (SNSs) in organisations, and more precisely, identify the advantages. Design/methodology/approach To reach this objective, a cross-section study was adopted based on application of a questionnaire, the final sample consisting of 78 dental...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to understand the characteristics and decision processes of small- and medium-sized family firms (FSMEs) regarding the internationalization process. Design/methodology/approach For this purpose, the authors decided on a qualitative approach and performed exploratory case studies of two small- and medium-sized f...
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The main aim of this study is to investigate the influence of the individual characteristics and personality traits of the founder on the performance of family SMEs. To achieve this goal, a questionnaire was constructed, covering the socio-demographic (individual) characteristics of the entrepreneur and an individual's personality traits through fi...
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This study aims to analyse if there really is a connection between strategic alliances, intellectual capital and organisational performance in industrial technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To attain this objective, a quantitative study was made. Data were collected through questionnaires directed to the management organ of...
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The objective of this study is to understand how cooperative unions can be seen as strategic alliances and, more precisely, to identify the factors that influence the successfully managing of a cooperative union. To this end, from the relational perspective, a qualitative investigation approach was adopted, by means of a case study - The União das...
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This study aims to characterize hotel cooperation networks in an inland region of Portugal, identifying cooperation habits, relationship structure and stakeholders’ perception of the importance and contributions of network structures at the regional level. To attain this objective, a qualitative approach was chosen using semi-structured interviews...
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Nos nossos dias, desde a ascensão da economia global, alteraram-se as relações de concorrência entre países e regiões. Deste modo, as redes de desenvolvimento regional têm vindo a assumir uma relevância ao nível regional. Assim, este estudo tem como objetivo, através de uma revisão da literatura responder à questão: Qual o papel das redes de desenv...
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OPEN ACCESS http://www.intechopen.com/books/editor/entrepreneurship-practice-oriented-perspectives Entrepreneurship has been seen as a phenomenon allowing economic development, job creation, increased productivity and innovation, but many studies do not include the causes of these events. Consequently, the objective of this book is to fill this ga...
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This paper aims to understand which are the real advantages that a private University gained (acquired) when established a partnership with an entreprise and vice versa , giving start to a project entitled Pre-Consultants UnP -Sebrae / RN. Through this study we sought to understand how this partnership was advantageous for both parties, besides ana...
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This study aims to explore the importance of export barriers and to achieve this by comparing different industry types and firm sizes. We performed a cross-sectional study of 529 Portuguese export firms drawn from the database held by a Portuguese Industrial Association – Business Confederation. From multivariate analysis of variance and the Tu...
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This paper aims to understand which are the real advantages that a private University gained (acquired) when established a partnership with an entreprise and vice versa , giving start to a project entitled Pre-Consultants UnP -Sebrae / RN. Through this study we sought to understand how this partnership was advantageous for both parties, besides ana...
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This paper aims to understand which are the real advantages that a private University gained (acquired) when established a partnership with an entreprise and vice versa , giving start to a project entitled Pre-Consultants UnP -Sebrae / RN. Through this study we sought to understand how this partnership was advantageous for both parties, besides ana...
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This study aims to analyze the relationship between strategic alliances and organizational performance and determine whether intellectual capital plays a mediating role in that relationship. To do so, a quantitative study was chosen, with data being gathered through questionnaires directed to the management organs of Portuguese industrial technolog...
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This study aims to analyze the influence of the personality traits of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the type of strategy adopted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for innovative usage of information technology (IT). In order to validate the research hypotheses, a quantitative research approach was adopted where the data-collecting in...
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Purpose: From a resource-based perspective, this study aims at analysing the key success factors that underlie inter-organisational partnerships in the university sport sector. Design/methodology/approach: To attain this objective, the paper uses a qualitative approach, performing an exploratory case study in a Portuguese higher education institu...
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Purpose: This study shows the role of social networks in the performance of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in an inland region of Portugal. The main objective is to ascertain the reasons for adhering to social networks and to understand if this type of network influences performance in this firm sector. Design/methodology/approach: To fulfil...
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Advancing understanding of academic mobility becomes essential since this phenomenon is gaining prominence in the context of the internationalization of European higher education, with repercussions in economic terms for the host institution itself and its surrounding region. From a network theory perspective, this study intends to understand what...

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