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Researcher in the Centre for Enterprise of Systems Engineering from INESC TEC in the field of technology adoption and innovation process and Invited Professor at University Portucalense in the areas of management, operations management and supply chain management. She was Invited Assistant and Invited Professor at University of Minho (2003-2017). Before joining INESC TEC she worked as senior consultant in health strategy management and planning, developing several consulting projects for the regional and national government bodies of the healthcare sector. Ana obtained a PhD in Engineering and Industrial Management (Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, 2016), a M.S. in Quantitative Methods applied to Management (Porto Business School of University of Porto, 2003) and B.S. in Engineering and Industrial Management (University of Aveiro, 1998). Supervisor of several Master's theses. Researcher/consultant in several R&D projects, funded by different types of entities, in the areas of technology adoption, innovation process, design and development of advanced training programmes and healthcare planning. Author of several publications in international journals in the field of management, technology management and healthcare planning/management. Main research interests are technology management and technology implementation.

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2021

Challenges in Managing Large-Scale Collaborative R&D Projects

Authors
Simões, AC; Rodrigues, JC; Soares, AL;

Publication
Contributions to Management Science

Abstract
Project management is a critical success factor for any kind of project. When projects involve complex multi-organisational structures, requiring demanding collaborative processes, project management is a complex system in itself. Although this topic has been studied for decades, the ever-changing morphology of projects induced by the increasingly intricate financing schemes, call for a frequent and updated understanding of how the projects initiate, run, and close. Large-scale integrated collaborative projects are a recent example of complex collaborative projects that were not studied yet but can provide important insights for the project and innovation management fields. These projects are carried out typically by a large consortium including research organisations, sectorial technological centres, technology providers and end-user companies, having a significant impact on the technological innovation produced for a specific sector. This chapter reports a multiple case study of four large-scale integrated projects, in Portugal, following an inductive research design. The results showed that collaboration creation and collaboration management are crucial processes for such projects, with challenges intensified by the differences in goals and expectations of researchers and practitioners. The chapter will hopefully contribute to the future development of new models, tools and techniques that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this type of projects, by providing a systematisation of the challenges faced and how they were overcome during the cases analysed. © 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2020

Factors influencing the intention of managers to adopt collaborative robots (cobots) in manufacturing organizations

Authors
Simoes, AC; Soares, AL; Barros, AC;

Publication
Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M

Abstract
This study identified and characterized the factors influencing managers’ intentions to adopt collaborative robots (cobots) in manufacturing companies. Based on a conceptual framework that integrates three technology adoption theories (Diffusion of Innovation, Technology-organization-environment and Institutional theory) and following an exploratory qualitative research design, this paper identifies 39 factors influencing the intention to adopt cobots in three contexts (internal, external and technology). Twelve of these factors are new as contrasted with previous literature. The findings of this study can assist organizations in their process of adoption of cobots and in the development of managerial practices that consider the role of these factors. © 2020 Elsevier B.V.

2020

The impact of Industry 4.0 on work: A synthesis of the literature and reflection about the future

Authors
Simoes, AC; Rodrigues, JC; Neto, P;

Publication
2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC)

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2020

Organizational Enablers to the Governance of Collaborative University-Industry R&D Programs

Authors
Fernandes, G; Leite, S; Araujo, M; Simoes, AC;

Publication
2020 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC)

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2019

Drivers Impacting Cobots Adoption in Manufacturing Context: A Qualitative Study

Authors
Simoes, AC; Soares, AL; Barros, AC;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering - Advances in Manufacturing II

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2020

Technological Revolution: The Industry 4.0 in Portuguese Pharmaceutical Industry

Author
Joana Davim Teixeira Mendes

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Impacts on business models resulting from digitalization

Author
Sílvia Manuela Teixeira Ribeiro

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Indústria 4.0: Estratégias de Digitalização para Indústria Transformadora Portuguesa

Author
Vítor Hugo Sousa Mendes

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Melhoria contínua de processos – A transformação digital numa empresa com uma cultura conservadora

Author
Nelson Daniel Alves Ferreira

Institution
INESCTEC

2019

A Indústria 4.0 e o impacto no trabalho: Uma revisão de literatura e reflexão para o futuro

Author
Pedro Blanco Neto

Institution
INESCTEC