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Américo Azevedo - [PhD], he is head of CESE Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering and Cientific Director of FABTEC Laboratory of Processes and Technologies for Production Advanced Systems

He is an Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). He has gained large experience in the academic, industrial and consultancy environments.

He teaches in the academic programmes of FEUP and PBS (Porto Business School) and in specific programmes such as EDAM (Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing) of the MIT-Portugal Program.

His research and teaching focuses on operations management, business processes management and enterprise collaborative networks. He has been active in supervising PhD and M.Sc research thesis on this research areas.

He has been author of many articles in international journals and technical publications and also active in preparing and participating in R&D projects involving industrial companies. He has been reviewer and evaluator of several international R&D Industrial projects and member of several scientific programmes committees.

Responsible for leading more than 45 company based national and international R&D and consulting projects in the domain of enterprise networks and industrial and operations management. He has been responsible in several consulting assignments with industrial companies, with special emphasis in operations and industrial management as well as in designing and developing new facilities, process optimization and development and implementation of decision support and planning tools for order management. Experience in several sectors/industries: machinery, semiconductors, ceramics, furniture, packaging, shoes and cork processing.

 

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2020

Sustainability as a driver of operational excellence - The relevance of variability in process operations

Authors
Silva, D; Azevedo, A;

Publication
International Journal of Integrated Supply Management

Abstract
Sustainable development is a widely spread concept nowadays, especially due to external pressure related to environmental and social issues, affecting all players of the supply chain. Sustainable policies must be adopted, such as improving process performance and reducing waste. With sustainability as a driver of operational excellence, this study is focused on the improvement of the production process of a company by reducing variability. A variability analysis was done to understand its root causes and act upon them, as well as a quantification of waste in the process. Finally, an improvement plan was delineated to mitigate the problems identified. Copyright © 2020 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

2020

COVID- 19: outcomes for Global Supply Chains

Authors
Fonseca, LM; Azevedo, AL;

Publication
MANAGEMENT & MARKETING-CHALLENGES FOR THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

Abstract
The COVID-19 crisis exposed the vulnerability and poor resilience of the global supply chains. The objective of this research is to reflect on the possible impacts of the Coronavirus crisis in the global supply chains and provide some recommendations to overcome the present situation, offering suggestions for future research: (1) What are the contingency factors affecting Supply Chains in the complex COVID-19 operating environment? (2) How do these factors affect post-COVID-19 operating performance? After a contextualization of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and its impacts, theoretical background on Supply Chains and Supply Chain Management are presented, and a summary of the main scenarios for the post-COVID-19 crisis are discussed. The propositions regarding the contingency factors and their impact on the Supply Chain operating performance in post-COVID-19 suggest that successful companies will focus on creating a new kind of operational performance and minimize risks. To that end, companies will aim to improve their operations' resilience (ability to resist, hold on, and recover from shocks) and accelerate the end-to-end digital transformation. Consumers will have to adapt to the contact-free economy, less low-cost supply chains, and put additional emphasis on service levels. Governments will reinforce the focus in the health sector supply chain and increase spending in the health and social care sectors. Furthermore, the longer, the more concentrated, the less transparent, and the more price sensitivity is the supply chain, the more challenging the adaptation to the new pos pandemic realities. Suggestions for future research are also provided.

2019

Assessing the impact of performance determinants in complex MTO/ETO supply chains through an extended hybrid modelling approach

Authors
Barbosa, C; Azevedo, A;

Publication
International Journal of Production Research

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2019

Design of an assessment industry 4.0 maturity model: An application to manufacturing company

Authors
Azevedo, A; Santiago, SB;

Publication
Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

Abstract
The context of the fourth industrial revolution brings companies numerous challenges. Agility, flexibility, and responsiveness are necessary characteristics in this business ecosystem, with the deep insertion of digital technologies in manufacturing. Therefore, this work has the objective of developing a model of measurement of the maturity and readiness of the industry 4.0 so that companies can visualize their positioning in this new reality. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used for the development of the model that contemplates 6 (six) dimensions. It was applied in the Industrial Pole of Manaus (PIM), in a multinational manufacturing company. The results obtained are adherent to the reality of the company in relation to the industry 4.0. © 2019, IEOM Society International.

2018

Hybrid modelling of MTO/ETO manufacturing environments for performance assessment

Authors
Barbosa, C; Azevedo, A;

Publication
International Journal of Production Research

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2020

Mapping and Improving the Customer Support Team's Performance in an E-commerce Platform

Author
Paulo Miguel da Silva Alves

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Previsão Baseada em Meta-Learning: Um Caso de Estudo no Setor do Retalho

Author
Sara Luísa Marques Freitas Lemos

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Process redesign as a key strategy for service innovation: a case in a consulting company

Author
Érica Melo Araújo

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Previsão de Vendas no Setor do Retalho: Uma Nova Abordagem Baseada em Clustering

Author
José Carlos Rodrigues Nogueira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Previsão de Vendas para o Setor do Retalho Aplicando Máquinas de Vetores de Suporte

Author
Fernando António Castro da Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP