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Degree in Chemical Engineering awarded by the University of Coimbra (School of Sciences and Technology). MBA degree awarded by the ISEE-UP (Instituto Superior de Estudos Empresariais - Institute for Companies? Studies) currently EGP-UP (Escola de Gestão do Porto ? Oporto School of Management) of the University of Oporto. Responsable for the Innovation ans Technology Transference Unit at INESC (Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering) in Oporto. Previous professional activity includes work in the following companies/institutions: Sonae.com, responsible for the management of new projects in the area of Multimedia; CCDRN (Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte - Committee for the Coordination and Regional Development of the Northern Region), co-ordinator for inter regional projects in the areas of Innovation and Technology Transfer as well as of Company?s Internationalisation; Accenture, senior consultant for a period of 6 years responsible for managing and implementing projects regarding information systems, strategy and business organisation, in different areas of activity such as utilities, finance, metallomechanics? industry, textile industry and foot-wear industry; participation in several training programs promoted by Accenture in Portugal, the Netherlands and the USA. Higher education teaching experience at IPAM (Instituto Português de Administração e Marketing - Portuguese Institute of Administration and Marketing) in Matosinhos for a period of 7 years, lecturing in ?Strategic Management and Marketing Practices? and supervising several dissertations. Trainer at SPI (Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação - Portuguese Innovation Society) since 1995, lecturing in ?Marketing and Strategies? on training programs for recent-graduates as well as in Entrepreneurship Support Programs. Currently employed as a guest lecturer on the MIETE (Mestrado em Inovação e Empreendorismo Tecnológico ? Masters Degree in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship), at the Engineering Department of the University of Oporto, lecturing in the ?TEC Sequence?. Author a study for COTEC Portugal entitled ?identification and Classification fo R&D and Innovation Activities?. Author a study for the Northern Region entitled ?Model and Implementation of a Network of Entrepreneurship Enablers? in the context of the Nortinov Project.

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    Alexandra Xavier
  • Role

    Centre Coordinator
  • Since

    01st January 2003
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Publications

2020

Using hurdle models to appraise the non-linear effect of age in entrepreneurship

Authors
Costa, J; Xavier, A; Pita, M; Guimarães, C;

Publication
Proceedings of the European Conference on Research Methods in Business and Management Studies

Abstract
Senior entrepreneurship is getting increasing prominence in research, academia, and business. Given the demographic shifts occurring in Western Europe, it is also becoming a nuclear topic of interest for policymakers. Still, existing literature overlooked the emergent trend encompassing older individuals which, with different leitmotifs, starting-up new enterprises after decades as employees. In doing so, they convey formal and informal knowledge, networks, experience, savoir faire, and financial endowments, nurtured along the years, which is an evident advantage compared to the younger counterparts. Due to the raising number of negative experiences in the job market, either in getting or maintaining a position, senior workers look up for alternatives. Sometimes being pushed by necessity, other times pulled by opportunity identification and independence, seniors are increasingly making their best to overcome unsatisfying or insufficient conditions as employees. Enhancing entrepreneurial initiative across older individuals is urgent for policy makers due to the need to find occupation for an aging population and their contribution to income generation, at the same time, social and human capital will be leveraged, multiplying the effects of other policy actions such as education. Using the GEM database, this article aims to offer an overview on the role of age in entrepreneurial intention and its nature, addressing the nonlinearities of the effect. This new methodological framework can be used as a basis for future empirical research on the topic of senior entrepreneurship; additionally, it aims contributing to a better understanding of the role of age in shifting the individual reasons for starting a business, controlling for other individual characteristics. The identification of the particular features of the different age cohorts along with gender, education, social context or macro-economic contexts will shed some light on the specific policy packages needed to reinforce the entrepreneurial initiative as a vehicle to promote sustainable and inclusive growth along the European Countries.

2018

Handbook of research on strategic innovation management for improved competitive advantage

Authors
Jamil, GL; Ferreira, JJP; Pinto, MM; Pessoa, CRM; Xavier, A;

Publication
Handbook of Research on Strategic Innovation Management for Improved Competitive Advantage

Abstract
Innovation is a vital process for any business to remain competitive in this age. This progress must be coherently and optimally managed, allowing for successful improvement and future growth. The Handbook of Research on Strategic Innovation Management for Improved Competitive Advantage provides emerging research on the use of information and knowledge to promote development in various business agencies. While covering topics such as design thinking, financial analysis, and policy planning, this publication explores the wide and complex relationships that constitute strategic innovation management principals and processes. This publication is an important resource for students, professors, researchers, managers, and entrepreneurs seeking current research on the methods and tools regarding information and knowledge management for business advancement.

2018

U.InovAcelerator

Authors
Goncalves, F; Pinto, MMGdA; Xavier, A;

Publication
Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics - Handbook of Research on Expanding Business Opportunities With Information Systems and Analytics

Abstract
Following the reflection around the emergence of “research university” in the context of the slow but progressive increase in value of science and technology and research and development in Portugal, a study applied to the knowledge transfer and the process of innovation in the university, in the context of a master dissertation in information science (IS), study area of information management, is presented. The university is one of the most important institutions in the context of the national innovation system (SNI), being part of its mission the creation and transfer of knowledge. At the University of Porto (U.Porto), projects, such as the University of Porto Innovation unit (U.Porto Inovação) and the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC) seek to support the university's innovation value chain, promoting the reinforcement and solidification of knowledge transfer and of the relations between the university and companies, as well as the promotion and support to the creation of companies with a technological, scientific, and creative base, and the attraction of numerous innovation centers of national and international companies. This chapter points out an informational perspective on I&D+i (research and development and innovation) and entrepreneurship, based on the systemic theory and the quadripolar method, as theoretical and methodological guidance tools, and an information management/knowledge management approach of innovation models for the knowledge economy, the national and international referents, and corresponding set of indicators. An exploratory study, which allowed the identification of internal and external agents, the resources, the relations between actors and institutions, the processes and flows, and the main inputs and outputs, is presented. The most relevant result is embodied in a model of innovation indicators in an academic context and applied to the University of Porto.

2012

SPIN-UP - Creating an Entrepreneurship Coaching and Training Program for University Spin-Offs

Authors
Oliveira, M; Ferreira, J; Xavier, A; de Sousa, J; Meireles, G; Sousa, M; Tzmrielak, D; Tomperi, S; Salmi, P; Torkkeli, M; Tolsma, A; Ye, Q; van Geenhuizen, M;

Publication
PROCEEDINGS OF THE 7TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP, VOLS 1 AND 2

Abstract
This SPIN-UP project has been funded with support from the European Commission and is a study involving research performed in 4 countries: Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal. The SPIN-UP research question is: What sort of entrepreneurship training and coaching program will contribute to the development of key entrepreneurial skills, both technical and behavioural, essential to enable and leverage university spin-off (USO) growth? The aim of the SPIN-UP study was to picture key entrepreneurial skills and their contribution to the performance of university spin-off firms, as well as missing skills, in order to develop an effective training and coaching program. USO, entrepreneurial firms that bring university knowledge to market, do not traditionally grow very much and we sought to contribute to a countering of this trend. To avoid a large differentiation in firm age, firm age limits were set at 2 years (lower limit) and 10 years (higher limit). 10 years was however used flexibly, particularly in those sectors where development and bringing products to market goes relatively slowly, like in the medical life sciences and material (nano) science (15 years used as the maximum in these cases). The research to date has involved a total of 64 interviews and questionnaires in the four countries mentioned above. The preliminary comparative analysis revealed that the four countries studied show somewhat different skill sets, meaning that we may still be in a World where differences still matter (Ghemawat, 2007). For example, spinoffs in Finland tend to be strong in skills dealing with intellectual property, which is the opposite of Poland, the Netherlands and Portugal. Portugal on the other hand appears to be quite strong in operations management skills as compared to the rest of the sample. The skill set of the Netherlands emphasized strength in skills related to the building of social and business networks, a theme which is very in vogue in the current business and management literature. However, spinoffs in the four countries did show some similarities, tending all to be strong in innovation skills. As concerns future training for USO our research indicates that this should focus on: gaining financial capital, internationalization and sales (top 3 missing skills hampering growth). More practical "hands-on" type entrepreneurship training, such as that using role-playing enriched by the sharing of entrepreneurial participant experiences, may be seen as being appropriate for USO. Work by Ghemawat (2001) (CAGE Model for internationalization) and Cialdini (2007) (principles of persuasion to be used in sales) may serve as a theoretical basis for such training.

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2022

Generating Hardware Modules via Binary Translation of RISC-V Binaries

Author
João Miguel Curado Conceição

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Topology Control of Flying Backhaul Mesh Networks

Author
Eduardo Nuno Moreira Soares de Almeida

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Autonomous Robotic Bathymetric Mapping

Author
João Burmester Campos

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

BlanketGen: Synthetic Blanket Occlusion Generation for the Augmentation of Motion Capture Datasets

Author
João Neves Carmona

Institution
UP-FEUP

2022

Synthetic Data Generation for Automated Driving Software-In-The-Loop Testing with CARLA Simulator

Author
João Paulo Carvalho da Silva Alves

Institution
UP-FEUP