Lunes 22, mayo, 2017


Fecha: Lunes 22, mayo, 2017
Hora: 17:00

Invitado especial: Vitor Braga



Los invitamos al próximo Seminario Interno organizado por el IIEP-BAIRES,  junto al CEEED,  que se realizará en la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas el próximo lunes 22 de mayo en el horario de 17 a 19 hs., en la Sala de Comisiones del Consejo. (1er piso Edificio Central).



"Business Co-operation in the Portuguese SMEs: Evidence from the Furniture and the Events Organisation Industries”



Vítor Braga, Ph.D





Entrepreneurial action takes place in a context in which economic, political, institutional, and social factors play an important role. The study of co-operative relationships can be no more detached from these factors than from the characteristics of the relationships and the individuals taking part in them.

The aim of this research is to explore the factors influencing co-operative relationships in the context of Portuguese entrepreneurship. Specifically it aims to analyse the actions and motivations of Portuguese SMEs with regard to their relationships with other actors (external to the firm), particularly regarding collaborative relationships. This study uses approaches beyond those provided by orthodox economic theory, and draws mainly upon the ‘new economic geography’, along with economic sociology and institutional economics.

The use of grounded theory, combined with two different case studies, resulted in the research of two diametrically different cases: the furniture and the events organisation industry. This methodological approach resulted in an interactive process of data collection, with a constant articulation between data and theory. The data was collected by semi-structured interviews with entrepreneurs and other relevant actors, such as business associations and local government.

The results reveal that factors at different levels impact on the characteristics of co-operative relationships. At an individual level the background of the individual and the institutions he/she has been exposed to seem to determine particular motivations for seeking mutual help relationships and specific expectations of their outcome. Additionally, both the social network and family linkages in which the entrepreneur is enmeshed also seem to be important determinants of the trust that seems to enhance the success of co-operative relationships. Contextual factors relating to society, local culture, location (namely dispersal versus concentration and urban versus rural) and the physical characteristics of production also seem to be important for explaining co-operation. Finally, from a macro-economic perspective, historical events, national institutions and national policies were also identified as important determinants of the context in which economic transactions take place and thus how co-operative relationships occur.




Vitor Braga is an Associate Professor at the School of Technology and Management of Felgueiras, Polytechnic of Porto. He joined the school in 1999 and since then he has been involved in many activities within the school besides teaching. He is the director of the Business Sciences BSc, the head of the business sciences department and the director of the MSc in International Management.

In 2008, he received a PhD from Middlesex University Business School (London – UK) entitled “Business Co-operation in the Portuguese SMEs: Evidence from the Furniture and Events Organisation Industries”. He has, previously been awarded with a MSc in Industrial and Business Economics (Universidade do Minho, Braga – Portugal) and BSc in Economics (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real – Portugal). In addition, he received a PgCert in Research Methods for Social Sciences from Middlesex University.

More recently he became the local coordinator for the Porto Executive Academy (Amarante Branch) and the Vice-president of the Centre for Innovation and Research on Business Sciences and Information Systems.

He has also been active in his research. His main research interests are those associated to entrepreneurship processes, such as co-operation, internationalization and innovation (mainly in the furniture and the events organisation industries), with a number of completed PhD and MSc thesis.

Los esperamos!