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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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2018

Risk and visibility in supply chains: An information management perspective

Authors
Messina, D; Santos, C; Soares, AL; Barros, AC;

Publication
Global Business Expansion: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Appl.

Abstract
The emergence of complex supply chains is one of the most important consequences of globalization. The management of these supply chains requires increased efforts by organizations that, on one hand, are increasingly pressured by customers in terms of service levels, on the other hand, must manage their suppliers from various locations and with different local requirements. In this context, an appropriate management of information flows is needed to create the adequate visibility level for managing supply chain risk. This chapter presents an overview on the concepts of risk management, visibility and information management in supply chains. This study proposes a conceptual framework for the selection of risk mitigation strategies in the supply chain and characterizes the external and internal information flows decision makers need to implement two categories of risk mitigation strategies: redundancy and flexibility. © 2018, IGI Global.

2018

Exploring the CIMO-Logic in the Design of Collaborative Networks Mediated by Digital Platforms

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

Publication
Collaborative Networks of Cognitive Systems - 19th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2018, Cardiff, UK, September 17-19, 2018, Proceedings

Abstract

2018

Conceptual framework for the identification of influential contexts of the adoption decision

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

Publication
Proceedings - IEEE 16th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2018

Abstract
The decision to adopt new technologies is the most important stage in integrating a new technology into the ongoing processes of the organization and also to obtain benefits from its routine use. This paper proposes an integrated framework that combines Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) Theory, Technology-Organization-Environment (TOE) framework and Institutional Theory (INT) to characterize the critical factors influencing advanced technologies adoption in manufacturing context. This conceptual framework identifies three contextual environments - innovation, internal organizational and external environmental - that can influence the adoption decision along with some sub-contexts from the literature that may be considered. This framework can be used as starting point to explore in depth influential factors in advanced technologies in manufacturing contexts. Additionally, this framework can assist companies to develop adoption process plans as well as managerial practices that consider the role of these factors and thus lead to successful implementations. © 2018 IEEE.

2018

On the Use of Digital Platforms to Support SME Internationalization in the Context of Industrial Business Associations

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; Pinho de Sousa, J;

Publication
Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics - Handbook of Research on Expanding Business Opportunities With Information Systems and Analytics

Abstract
The digital economy is creating disruptions in traditional industries and markets. Industrial business associations (IBAs) may face serious challenges in a near future to meet the needs and requirements of their members, particularly in supporting their growing international trade activities and internationalization processes. Digital platforms are already transforming different types of businesses across all markets. An IBA may use a digital platform, not only to keep up with the current technological trends of markets, but also to improve the internationalization support provided to their associate small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to present the view of these potential digital platforms' managers, by presenting the results of an exploratory field research based on 24 interviews with IBAs from Portugal, France, and the UK. Another goal is to identify current digital platforms that are being used by IBAs and to critically evaluate their potential for supporting internationalization processes of SMEs. By using these findings, a set of requirements and features for digital platforms supporting SME internationalization in the context of IBAs are derived in this chapter. These results can be used by platform designers and by IBAs for designing and developing more effective digital platforms that can meet the specific internationalization needs of their users and managers.

2017

From Data Sources to Information Sharing in SME Collaborative Networks Supporting Internationalization: A Socio-Semantic Approach

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

Publication
Collaboration in a Data-Rich World - 18th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2017, Vicenza, Italy, September 18-20, 2017, Proceedings

Abstract
Information is a crucial asset to successful internationalization, as it allows to reduce risks and uncertainty and to facilitate international expansion. Information about foreign markets and activities can be obtained by companies from internal or external sources, and in formal or informal ways. Industrial business associations (IBAs) are one of the external information sources. Due to their resource constraints, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tend to highly depend on the services and information of IBAs to expand their business overseas. However, to improve their role in supporting SME internationalization, one important development is for IBAs to evolve towards more collaborative networks, by sharing more organized and valued information with their associates, but also by fostering information flows and more collaborations between them. This paper contributes to this view by synthetizing current data and information sources to support SME internationalization, based on a literature review, on interviews with Portuguese IBAs, and on expert opinion. An innovative aspect is to present a first instantiation of a socio-semantic model, opening paths for further developments in this area, and contributing to the community of Collaborative Networks. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2017.

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2017

Information management in Aeronautic supply chains: a model to support risk management decisions

Author
Dario Messina

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Collaboration and information management in the internationalisation of SMEs: a case in industrial business associations

Author
Eric Simão Macieira da Costa

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Peer to Peer Health Insurance

Author
Armindo Barbosa de Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Estratégia de Gestão de Conteúdos Empresariais: o caso da Direção Financeira da Unicer

Author
Rita Ferreira Romana

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Facebook como suporte à formação dos distribuidores em Venda Multinível – Estudo de caso

Author
Georgina de Fátima Leal Cardoso

Institution
UP-FEUP