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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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2021

From Digital Platforms to Ecosystems: A Review of Horizon 2020 Platform Projects

Authors
Silva, HD; Soares, AL;

Publication
Boosting Collaborative Networks 4.0 - IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Abstract

2021

Immersive Systems in Human-Centered Manufacturing: The Informational Dimension

Authors
Ramalho, FR; Soares, AL; Almeida, AH;

Publication
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Abstract
The rise of smart manufacturing environments, characterized by high quantity of data/information available, contributes to a growing interest and research towards the use of immersive technologies not only in factories but also across entire value chains. New immersive technologies and devices are being developed to improve cooperation within Collaborative Networks (CNs), especially in the human-machine hybrid networks context. The application of these technologies in such complex environments expands substantially the modes how information is delivered and used, which may exacerbate one of the oldest problems of cognitive ergonomics: information overload. Therefore, this work presents applications of immersive technologies in manufacturing into the perspective of “information work” and “immersive human-centered manufacturing systems”. A framework is proposed to be developed in a FabLab to understand the worker needs and interactions. This FabLab aims to demonstrate the potential/real application of immersive technologies, towards the enhancement of the human worker cognitive capabilities. © 2020, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing.

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

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

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2020

Immersive Technologies in Complex Manufacturing Systems as an Informational Problem: A Human-Centered Approach

Author
Filipa Rente Ramalho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Towards a Digital-Twin Based, Multi-sided Market of Data-enabled Product-Services Systems

Author
Henrique Diogo Cardoso da Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Virtual Factory Simulator

Author
Nelson Filipe Barreto Almeida

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Creating the knowledge management system of an analytical consulting services provider: LTP Labs

Author
Mariana Fonte Miranda de Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Knowledge-Based Engineering supported by the Digital-Twin: the case of the Power Transformer at EFACEC

Author
Miguel Alves de Azevedo

Institution
UP-FEUP