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Andreia holds a Master’s degree in Sociology (2008) and an Undergraduate degree (2005) in European Studies – English & German (which earned her the prize “Engineer António de Almeida” granted by the Engineer António de Almeida Foundation for the students of UP that are distinguished in their courses for the results obtained) both from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto.

Andreia has been working as a researcher and consultant for INESC TEC's Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship ever since its creation in 2007 and in 2015, joined INESC TEC’s team for the project Enterprise Europe Network, assisting companies to go international and enhancing their innovation management capacities. She is a Key Account Manager for Portuguese SMEs benefitting from coaching services under the H2020 SME Instrument funding scheme and also and Innovation Expert under Enterprise Europe Network's services Enhacing Innovation Management Capacities of SMEs. Andreia has a seat in the Network's Sector Group, Automotive, Transports and Logistics, representing the Network's national consortium.

In CITE, Andreia has gained sound experience with consultancy and audit work on innovation management, supporting several Portuguese companies in the implementation / assessment of Research, Development and Innovation Management Systems in accordance with the Portuguese Standard for Research, Development and Innovation Management Systems. She co-authored several studies and papers addressing innovation and innovation management related topics and participated in feasibility studies aimed at assessing market potential of new concepts and business models.

Andreia has extensive experience with writing of project proposals (in particular, for national funding schemes) and has been a key contributor for the implementation and field management of some of CITE's most relevant projects (e.g.: Tec-Empreende, Programa de Empreendedorismo Tecnológico; Centro de Excelência para as Indústrias Criativas e Inovação; Enterprise Europe Network; BIP – Business Ignition Programme e IN&OUT – Porto’s Acceleration Programme).



  • Name

    Andreia Passos
  • Role

    Service Manager
  • Since

    03rd April 2006


Innovation in footwear companies - does it pay off?

Cardoso, AFSP; Torkkeli, M;

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

Purpose: Low- and medium-technology sectors' (LMTs) role in modern economies has been overshadowed by the argument relating knowledge creation to R&D and thus to high-tech industries. Nevertheless, whereas a broader definition of innovation has enabled LMTs to emerge as innovative environments, a blind reliance on non-R&D-based indicators may be harmful too by neglecting LMTs' contribution to the development of cutting-edge, R&D-based knowledge. This paper aims to provide answers to the following questions: do LMTs innovate? Do they induce high-tech innovations across other sectors? Do networks have an impact on LMTs' innovation commitment? Can LMTs' innovation commitment be related to a better performance? Design/methodology/approach: The research method used in this work was based on a case study approach using in-depth face-to-face interviews with representatives from two footwear companies and one technology supplier. Findings: Collaboration with relevant stakeholders along the footwear value chain proved fundamental to the creation of innovation opportunities for all parties involved. Both footwear companies have embraced innovation strategies, allowing them to take over new functions along the value chain and build successful international paths. These strategies involved active participation in cutting-edge, high-tech knowledge prompting innovation at higher-tech companies too. Research limitations/implications: The paper fails to establish a clear causative relationship between companies' performance and their R&DI commitment. In addition, due to the number of companies involved in the study, the findings cannot be simply extrapolated to the whole Portuguese footwear sector. Originality/value: The paper highlights the commitment to innovation in a traditional sector and explores an underresearched topic - that of LMTs' involvement in R&D activities. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.