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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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Publications

2020

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

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; 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; Dandolini, GA; Soares, AL;

Publication
Análise Social

Abstract

2020

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

Authors
Correia Simões, A; Lucas Soares, A; 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

An information management approach for supply chain disruption recovery

Authors
Messina, D; Barros, AC; Soares, AL; Matopoulos, A;

Publication
International Journal of Logistics Management

Abstract
Purpose: To study how supply chain decision makers gather, process and use the available internal and external information when facing supply chain disruptions. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews relevant supply chain literature to build an information management model for disruption management. Afterwards, three case studies in the vehicle assembly sector, namely cars, trucks and aircraft wings, bring the empirical insights to the information management model. Findings: This research characterises the phases of disruption management and identifies the information companies use to recover from a variety of disruptive events. It presents an information management model to enhance supply chain visibility and support disruption management at the operational level. Moreover, it arrives at two design propositions to help companies in the redesign of their disruption discovery and recovery processes. Originality/value: This research studies how companies manage operational disruptions. The proposed information management model allows to provide visibility to support the disruption management process. Also, based on the analysis of the disruptions occurring at the operational level we propose a conceptual model to support decision makers in the recovery from daily disruptive events. © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited.

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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