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António Lucas Soares is a researcher at INESCTEC and associate professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering - University of Porto.

His area of expertise is Information Systems specialised in applications to Collaborative Networks and Information and Knowledge Management particularly in industrial organisations. His research interests include socio-technical design, knowledge representation, digital platforms for collaboration, design science research.

He is currently coordinating the Center for Enterprise Systems Engineering and the Cluster Industry & Innovation of INESCTEC.

At University of Porto, he is the director of the master programme in Information Science (FEUP/FLUP). He is member of the executive committee of the European chapter of the iSchools organisation and a founding member of the Portuguese Chapter of the Association for Information Systems.

He publishes regularly in scientific journals in the areas of information and knowledge management.

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2020

Industrial business associations improving the internationalisation of SMEs with digital platforms: A design science research approach

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; de Sousa, JP;

Publication
International Journal of Information Management

Abstract
This paper aims to contribute to the lack of design knowledge on digital platforms (DPs), by studying the new and specific context of DPs managed by industrial business associations (IBAs) to improve the internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A specific objective is to elicit detailed digital platform's requirements and features for this particular organisational context. A design science research (DSR) approach is adopted to develop design propositions (the artifact), following the context-intervention-mechanism-outcome logic (CIMO-logic). The design propositions are derived for DPs that can support different types of generative mechanisms of social interaction: information sharing, collaboration, and collective action. The design propositions are obtained by balancing empirical knowledge based on interviews performed with IBAs and SMEs in Portugal and in the UK, with theoretical knowledge from the literature of information systems, DPs and collaborative networks (CNs). The utility of the design propositions is further evaluated by experts and IBAs. The findings are proved to be relevant for practice, mainly for IBAs, SMEs, and digital platform designers to develop more effective collaborative DPs and sociotechnical systems, supporting CNs and the internationalisation needs of SMEs. The knowledge generated in this study brings new design knowledge on DPs, contributing with design propositions translated into tangible and concrete requirements and capabilities, situated in a specific context and empirical setting. © 2020

2020

Portuguese textile association fostering the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises

Authors
Silva, SCe; Elo, M; Sousa, JPD; Costa, E; Soares, AL;

Publication
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Abstract

2020

O processo de formac¸a~o de parcerias intersetoriais em iniciativas de inovac¸a~o social em Portugal

Authors
Borges, MA; Aparecida Dandolini, G; Lucas Soares, A;

Publication
Análise Social

Abstract

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

Abstract

2019

Providing industry 4.0 technologies: The case of a production technology cluster

Authors
Dalmarco, G; Ramalho, FR; Barros, AC; Soares, AL;

Publication
Journal of High Technology Management Research

Abstract
The concept of industry 4.0 (i4.0) encompasses the integration of different technologies into an autonomous, knowledge- and sensor-based, self-regulating production system. Our objective is to synthesize which are the challenges and opportunities of adopting i4.0 from the perspective of technology provider companies. A single-case research was conducted with ten companies at the Portuguese Production Technologies Cluster. Based on i4.0 technologies – Augmented reality; Additive Manufacturing; Big Data; Cloud Computing; Cyber-Physical Systems; Cybersecurity; Smart Robotics; Simulation; and System Integration – interviewees mentioned that the main adoption challenges are the analysis of data generated, integration of new technologies with available equipment and workforce, and computational limitations. The main opportunities are improvements in: efficiency; flexibility; productivity; cybersecurity; quality of products and services; and decision process due to data analysis. Interviewees have also foreseen changes in company's business model through the integration of internal resources with complementary activities of their partners and other cluster companies. © 2019 Elsevier Inc.

Supervised
thesis

2019

Avaliação e Validação de Plataformas Digitais Orientadas para a Indústria como Serviço

Author
Joana Soares de Oliveira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Desenho e implementação de um Sistema de Apoio à Decisão para o Planeamento do Abastecimento da Biomassa Florestal

Author
Carolina Martins Catorze

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Visibility in complex supply chains: an information management approach to support risk and disruption management decisions

Author
Dario Messina

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

A partilha do conhecimento em organizações baseadas em projetos: O caso de estudo de um centro de investigação e desenvolvimento

Author
Fábio Daniel Ferreira Almeida

Institution
UP-FEUP

2019

Desenvolvimento de um Modelo de Negócio para uma Plataforma Colaborativa de Conteúdos Audiovisuais de Cariz Científico

Author
Ana Francisca de Nóbrega Malça Gonçalves Tété

Institution
UP-FEUP