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2012

Business Narrative Modelling Language (BNML) representations: A storyline view and a plot view of how interoperability is an antecedent of innovation at IP BRICK

Authors
Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira; João José Ferreira

Publication
AJBM - African Journal of Business Management , vol.6, no.15, pp.5338-5361

Abstract
The relationship between interoperability and innovation is very hard to prove and more empirical studies seem to be needed to this end. We performed an in-depth case study at an innovative Portuguese software firm which has achieved steady growth, international brand recognition and consistent annual profits, despite the much publicized economic crisis in Portugal. IP BRICK is interesting as it differs from the survivalist entrepreneurial endeavours which tend to be the norm in Portugal. We indeed conclude that having an interoperability capability is central and an antecedent to innovation. Furthermore, a dynamic organizational innovation culture is instrumental and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is seen to be an enabler in the process. Using digital knowledge management tools as a basis for innovation and having a company-wide profit-sharing scheme based on seniority, but also on merit, encourage a knowledge-sharing corporate culture. This is seen to be especially im

2012

Enterprise Web Accessibility Levels Amongst the Forbes 250: Where Art Thou O Virtuous Leader?

Authors
Ramiro Gonçalves; José Martins; Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira; Jorge Pereira

Publication
J Bus Ethics - Journal of Business Ethics, pp.1-15

Abstract
The research team measured the enterprise web accessibility levels of the Forbes 250 largest enterprises using the fully automatic accessibility evaluation tool Sortsite, and presented the compliance of the evaluated websites to WCAG 1.0, WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 accessibility levels. Given the recent attention to organizational leaders having ethical duties towards their dedicated employees, we propose that 'societal citizenship behaviour' concerns ethical duties of organizational leaders towards society in general and in particular to those who have less means to assert their needs. In effect, we found enterprise website accessibility levels to be in need of significant improvement. An interpretation of a positive path forward to better enterprise website accessibility levels is put forth based on a focus-group interaction and using BNML-a novel Business Narrative Modelling Language.

2012

Applying Creativity to Research Methods - An Analysis of Innovation Antecedents Using the Business Narrative Modelling Language (BNML)

Authors
Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira; João José Ferreira

Publication
IEMS ''12 - 3rd Industrial Engineering and Management Symposium, pp.28-30, Porto, Portugal

Abstract

2012

How interoperability fosters innovation: The case for servant leadership

Authors
Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira; João José Ferreira

Publication
AJBM - African Journal of Business Management , vol.6, no.29, pp.8580-8608

Abstract
What is the relationship between interoperability and innovation? While a relationship likely exists, according to the literature, it is seen to be very hard to prove. Furthermore, what role does (servant) leadership play? In order to address these questions, this research paper is based upon three research efforts, undertaken in Portugal: 1) An exploratory in-depth survey concerning servant leadership, administered to students finalizing their BSc Management Degree (54 valid responses); 2) An in-depth survey on servant leadership, interoperability and innovation administered to executives in various industries (55 valid responses from nine different industries); 3) A case study of Infosistema, an innovative Portuguese firm which exemplifies the servant leadership philosophy. Our results show that servant leadership leads to interoperability and both are seen to be antecedents of innovation. However, the servant leadership philosophy is a distant reality from most organizations in Port

2012

SPIN-UP - creating an Entrepreneurship Coaching and Training Program for University Spin-Offs

Authors
Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira; João José Ferreira; Alexandra Xavier; José Carlos Caldeira; Gonçalo Meireles; Milton Sousa; Dariusz Tzmrielak; Sanna Tomperi; Pekka Salmi; Marko Torkkeli; Arthur Tolsma; Qing Ye; Marina van Geenhuizen

Publication
in Proceedings of ECIE 2012 - 7th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Santarém, Portugal

Abstract
This SPIN-UP project has been funded with support from the European Commission and is a study involving research performed in 4 countries: Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal. The SPIN-UP research question is: What sort of entrepreneurship training and coaching program will contribute to the development of key entrepreneurial skills, both technical and behavioural, essential to enable and leverage university spin-off (USO) growth? The aim of the SPIN-UP study was to picture key entrepreneurial skills and their contribution to the performance of university spin-off firms, as well as missing skills, in order to develop an effective training and coaching program. USO, entrepreneurial firms that bring university knowledge to market, do not traditionally grow very much and we sought to contribute to a countering of this trend. To avoid a large differentiation in firm age, firm age limits were set at 2 years (lower limit) and 10 years (higher limit). 10 years was however used flexibly, particularly in those sectors where development and bringing products to market goes relatively slowly, like in the medical life sciences and material (nano) science (15 years used as the maximum in these cases). The research to date has involved a total of 64 interviews and questionnaires in the four countries mentioned above. The preliminary comparative analysis revealed that the four countries studied show somewhat different skill sets, meaning that we may still be in a World where diff