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2020

A knowledge representation of the beginning of the innovation process: The Front End of Innovation Integrative Ontology (FEI2O)

Authors
Pereira, AR; Pinto Ferreira, JJP; Lopes, A;

Publication
DATA & KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING

Abstract
The initial phase of the innovation process is widely accepted as an important driver of positive results for new products and for the success of businesses. The Front End of Innovation (FEI) is a multidisciplinary area that includes a variety of activities, such as ideation, opportunity identification and analysis, feasibility analysis, global trends analysis, concept definition, customer and competitor analysis, and even business model development. Due to the number and variety of FEI responsibilities, this phase entails a considerable level of complexity and decision making. This fact is reflected in the literature, where one finds a variety of FEI approaches and proposals, seldom overlapping and offering no clear consensual guidance. This work aimed at overcoming this gap by proposing an Ontology for the Front End of Innovation as a comprehensive knowledge representation of the FEI, the so-called Front End of Innovation Integrative Ontology (FEI2O). The ontology balanced the differences and addressed the shortcomings of the main FEI Reference Models and included contributions from the field. This research builds on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. It combines the qualitative methods of interviewing and focus group discussion to collect the views of domain experts, used to refine the artefact and later to evaluate the final ontology. Quantitative analysis of data was carried out using the Attribute Agreement approach. The FEI2O explicitly provides a description of a domain regarding concepts, properties and relations of concepts. The main benefit of the FEI2O is to provide a comprehensive formal reference model and a common vocabulary.

2020

Modelling the social business venture - an ontology-based approach

Authors
Todaria, S; Azevedo, C; Ferreira, JJP;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION AND LEARNING

Abstract
The key contribution of this paper is the proposal of a novel conceptual model for the social business value proposition. This research was about making sense out of the body of knowledge underlying social business concepts and perspectives, stemming from the social entrepreneurship literature, and building on the so-called business model ontology that underlies the widely used business model canvas. The developed constructs were built in the scope of a design science approach to research, supported by an assessment process that involved several steps comprising the interaction with well-known academicians and practitioners in the area of social business, culminating with a case-study for final validation and assessment. Interviews with the experts from the field helped in the iterative development process of the ontology and its assessment, further supported by informed arguments and a continuous review of the literature.

2020

Project portfolio management in the front-end of innovation of research centers: A literature review

Authors
Castro, RN; Ferreira, JJP;

Publication
Technology Innovation Management Review

Abstract
The beginning of an innovation process, also known as "front-end of innovation" (FEI), counts as an essential contributor to the successful development of new products and for their market appeal. Nevertheless, while helpful procedures and techniques for developing new products are well-known and widely applied, FEI is still an understudied area, and models for managing it are not yet commonly used in technology-oriented companies. FEI, also known as "fuzzy front end", can even be "fuzzier" in not-for-profit research centers. That is because the focus of these centers is advancing of scientific knowledge, rather than commercializing the results of those activities. This study summarizes the insights from a literature review on the topic of "project portfolio management" (PPM) in relation to innovation and, more specifically, with FEI and its components of ideation, innovation management, innovation strategy, foresight, and incremental or radical innovation. The authors selected and reviewed content from 170 papers published in SCOPUS prior to February 2019. The discussion uses a theoretical framework called "Front-End of Innovation Integrative Ontology (FEI2O)" to assist in framing the discussion. © 2020, SPb RAACI.

2018

Handbook of Research on Strategic Innovation Management for Improved Competitive Advantage

Authors
Jamil, GL; Ferreira, JJP; Pinto, MM; Pessoa, CRM; Xavier, A;

Publication
Advances in Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage

Abstract

2016

Deriving an ontology for knowledge management in collaborative innovation networks

Authors
Barradas, LCS; Rodrigues, EM; Ferreira, JJP;

Publication
International Journal of Innovation and Learning

Abstract
Innovation and knowledge creation are tightly related concepts. Collaborative innovation networks (COINs) are very productive ecosystems for knowledge generation. Acknowledging their relevance for innovation, we propose a novel ontology for knowledge management (KM) in COINs, which builds on COINs related literature and is partially derived from topic-related and enterprise ontologies. The utility of the ontology is illustrated through an application case in a software house. The ontology can be applied in different cases involving KM in COINs, such as support the development of IT-based KM services for knowledge co-creation in COINs or, be used as an auditing tool in collaborative innovation processes. © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Supervised
thesis

2020

From Social Media Knowledge to Innovation Opportunities – A model proposal

Author
Graziela Borges Weber

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

A Business Model Proposal for the Creation of Environmental Product Declarations as Software as a Service

Author
Carolina Bacelar da Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs seeking Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Author
Bruna Santos Bertuzzi

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

University Entrepreneurship: The Process of Knowledge-based Value Creation.

Author
Sara Lúcia Correia Neves

Institution
UP-FEP

2020

Community development through entrepreneurship

Author
Samira Penteado Ramalho

Institution
UP-FEUP