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Article
Publication date: 10 April 2017

Gisele Mazon, Fernando Moreira-da-Silva, Manuel Portugal Ferreira and Fernando Ribeiro Serra

This qualitative study, which is based on multiple cases, aims to analyze the pattern of acquisitions by Brazilian multinationals, such as Gerdau in the steel industry…

Abstract

Purpose

This qualitative study, which is based on multiple cases, aims to analyze the pattern of acquisitions by Brazilian multinationals, such as Gerdau in the steel industry, Petrobrás in the oil and gas industry and Vale in the mining industry, to infer the likely knowledge motivations underlying the acquisitions of these firms.

Design/methodology/approach

The analyses of the three cases, with secondary data collected for the period from 2003 to 2007, classify the acquisitions according to the extent of the exploration or exploitation of resources and in two dimensions: business knowledge and location knowledge, in accordance with Ferreira’s (2005) model based on March (1991) and Chandler (1962).

Findings

The findings showed that the acquisitions by Gerdau, Petrobrás and Vale favored the exploitation of their resources and capabilities developed in the home market more than the exploration of new resources and capabilities. Regarding the ownership acquired, this study failed to observe the likely expected pattern of acquiring a majority stake for sustaining an exploitation strategy or a minority stake for sustaining an exploration strategy.

Originality/value

This study makes three contributions. First, the need to analyze the potential gains of new knowledge acquisition in domestic and cross-border expansion. Second, considering the opportunity to explore new resources and knowledge even for firms in commodity industries. Third, considering how the equity held is a structural solution that needs to be adjusted to the knowledge strategy.

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Management Research: Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, vol. 15 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1536-5433

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Open Access
Article
Publication date: 11 August 2020

Christian Falaster and Manuel Portugal Ferreira

Using an institution-based view, this study aims to conceptualize how sub-national institutional characteristics are likely to explain location choice of multinationals…

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Abstract

Purpose

Using an institution-based view, this study aims to conceptualize how sub-national institutional characteristics are likely to explain location choice of multinationals’ research and development (R&D) subsidiaries.

Design/methodology/approach

In a conceptual paper, this study explores specific institutional facets of the regional environments within a country that are capable of explaining, at least in part, the location choices of multinational corporations’ R&D subsidiaries.

Findings

This study thus explores the more nuanced influences of the institutional environments at a subnational level and develops propositions to explain location choices based on the differences of the institutional environments.

Originality/value

This study contributes to international business theory by incorporating a location-specific analysis that contrasts to the usual country-level observation on the determinants of firms’ location decisions.

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Innovation & Management Review, vol. 17 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2515-8961

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Article
Publication date: 18 April 2017

Manuel Portugal Ferreira, Felipe Borini, Simone Vicente and Martinho Ribeiro Almeida

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the pre-acquisition process and, specifically, how the complexity involved in the transaction may drive the temporal gap between…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the pre-acquisition process and, specifically, how the complexity involved in the transaction may drive the temporal gap between the formal announcement and the completion of the deal. The authors emphasize the time (in days) between announcement and completion.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical setting consists of the cross-border acquisitions (CBAs) of Brazilian firms by multinational corporations announced between 2008 and 2012. Using a sample of 741 acquisitions, the authors examine how institutional (cultural and regulatory) and technological complexity and the predictable mitigating effect of prior acquisition experience in Brazil all impact on the time needed for evaluating the target and negotiating.

Findings

The results show that these complexity factors do matter for hastening the process and that recent experience with acquisitions in Brazil shortens the time needed to completion.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature on the acquisition process and the uncertainty and complexity factors in CBA in an emerging economy.

Details

International Journal of Emerging Markets, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-8809

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Article
Publication date: 14 March 2022

Marco Túlio Dinali Viglioni, Manuel Portugal Ferreira, Carlos Eduardo Stefaniak Aveline and Juciara Nunes de Alcântara

This study aims to investigate how firms' perceived level of corruption moderates the relationship between Research and Development (R&D) investments and firms' financial…

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate how firms' perceived level of corruption moderates the relationship between Research and Development (R&D) investments and firms' financial performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The study has used dynamic panel data for local private and public firms from Latin American countries (Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru) during 2012–2019. The unbalanced panel was estimated using generalized method of moments (GMM) and instrumental variables (IVs) to account for endogeneity issues.

Findings

The results showed that corruption has a direct and positive effect on firms' financial performance. Moreover, while firms' financial performance increases in the presence of corruption, the authors' findings suggest that corruption negatively moderates the relationship between R&D investments and firms' financial performance. This finding exposes the debate “grease the wheels” once corruption appears to work much more like sand than grease on more innovative firms. Finally, the authors observed a negative effect of long-term R&D investments on firms' performance, indicating that high levels of corruption harm even more long-term innovative activities.

Research limitations/implications

The authors have delimited the scope to firms from four Latin American countries, and thus, the generalization to other countries, from Latin America or other emerging countries, needs to be made with caution. Furthermore, the authors used the corruption perception index (CPI) to assess the extent of corruption and, apparently, using a single measure may limit the understanding. Future research may deepen the authors' comprehension by exploring the effects of the different practices or types of corruption.

Practical implications

The authors' findings have challenging policy implications denoting policymakers need to prioritize the institutional quality to reduce corruption and foster firms' R&D investments.

Originality/value

The paper has adopted a unique firm-level dataset from an underresearched region. This enriches a long-standing debate by providing new insights of corruption effects in Latin America. Therefore, the authors provided new evidence of the moderating relationship between corruption and R&D investments on more innovative firms' performance.

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Journal of Applied Accounting Research, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-5426

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Article
Publication date: 17 June 2019

Maria Isabel Arias, Fernando Serra, Luiz Guerrazzi and Manuel Portugal Ferreira

This paper aims to conduct a bibliometric study on e-government research, with special concern over finding bases on which electronic government studies are constructed.

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to conduct a bibliometric study on e-government research, with special concern over finding bases on which electronic government studies are constructed.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a bibliometric study using citation, co-citation and bibliometric coupling analysis, applied to 161 selected articles published in 37 top journals in public administration.

Findings

The paper presents existing knowledge on e-government research and provides a categorization in terms of research subfields. The 40 top-cited works were classified into three subfields of intellectual influence: models and evolution; implementation factors; and adoption constraints. In total, 63 works were classified into three subfields of mainstream research: adoption (contextual and technological factors); evolution status and implementation; and social capital. The paper presents gaps in research streams.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the chosen research approach, this study has limitations that are inherent to bibliometric studies, such as the selection of journals and keywords. This work helps e-government students and researchers to understand the mainstream research of the field, presents the references on each stream and, in addition, provides information to public policy makers. Findings from this study can contribute to theory building in e-government research.

Practical implications

This study may provide support to government institutions to assess the allocation of public resources for research.

Originality/value

The paper fulfils an identified need to examine the intellectual foundations and mainstream research in the field of e-government, unlike other reviews. The paper makes a methodological contribution by integrating co-citation and bibliographic coupling in mapping knowledge.

Objetivo

Realizar uma bibliometria sobre pesquisa em e-government, com especial preocupação em encontrar as bases sobre as quais estudos são construídos.

Projeto/metodologia

Bibliometria utilizando análise de citação, cocitação e pareamento bibliográfico, aplicado a 161 artigos selecionados publicados em 37 periódicos de ponta em administração pública.

Resultados

Apresentar o conhecimento existente sobre pesquisa em e-government e fornecer uma categorização de subcampos de pesquisa acadêmica. Os 40 trabalhos mais citados foram classificados em três subcampos: Modelos e Evolução, Fatores de Implementação e Restrições de Adoção. 63 trabalhos foram classificados em três subcampos: Adoção (Fatores Contextuais e Tecnológicos), Status de Evolução e Implementação, e Capital Social.

Limitações/implicações da pesquisa

Devido à abordagem de pesquisa escolhida, este estudo apresenta limitações inerentes aos estudos bibliométricos, como a seleção de periódicos e palavras-chave. Este trabalho auxilia estudantes e pesquisadores do e-government a entender as principais vertentes de pesquisas da área, apresenta as principais referências e, além disso, fornece subsídios aos formadores de políticas públicas. Os resultados deste estudo podem contribuir para a formação da teoria na pesquisa em e-government.

Implicações práticas

Este estudo pode fornecer suporte a instituições governamentais para avaliar a alocação de recursos públicos para pesquisa.

Originalidade/valor

O documento preenche lacuna identificada em examinar a base intelectual e a pesquisa predominante no campo do e-government. O artigo faz uma contribuição metodológica ao integrar cocitação e pareamento bibliográfico.

Palavras-chave - e-government, Administração pública, Estudo bibliométrico, Análise de cocitação, Pareamento bibliográfico

Tipo de artículo

Artículo de investigación

Objetivo

Realizar una bibliometria sobre la investigación del e-government, con especial preocupación por encontrar las bases sobre las cuales se construyen los estudios del e-government.

Diseño/metodología

Bibliométrica mediante citas, co-citas y análisis de emparejamiento bibliométrico, aplicado a 161 artículos seleccionados en las 37 revistas académicas centrales sobre administración pública.

Resultados

Presente el conocimiento existente sobre e-government y proporcione una categorización en términos de subcampos de investigación. Las 40 obras más citadas se clasificaron en tres subcampos: Modelos y Evolución, Factores de Implementación y Restricciones de Adopción. 63 trabajos se clasificaron en tres subcampos de investigación general: adopción (factores contextuales y tecnológicos), estado e implementación de la evolución y capital social. El artículo presenta lagunas en las corrientes de investigación.

Limitaciones/implicaciones para la investigación

Debido al enfoque de investigación elegido, este estudio tiene limitaciones inherentes a los trabajos bibliometricos, tales como la selección de revistas y palabras clave. Este trabajo ayuda a los estudiantes e investigadores de e-government a comprender la investigación en este campo, presenta las referencias en cada línea y, además, proporciona información a los responsables de la política pública. Los hallazgos de este estudio pueden contribuir a la construcción de teorías en la investigación del e-government.

Implicaciones prácticas

Este estudio puede brindar apoyo a las instituciones gubernamentales a la hora de evaluar la asignación de recursos públicos para la investigación.

Originalidad/valor

El documento cumple con una necesidad identificada de examinar los fundamentos intelectuales y la investigación general en el campo del e-government. El artículo hace una contribución metodológica al integrar la co-cita y el emparejamiento bibliográfico.

Palabras clave - E-government; Administración pública, Estudio bibliométrico, Análisis de co-citas, Pareamento bibliográfico.

Tipo de artigo

revisión de literatura

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Management Research: Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1536-5433

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Article
Publication date: 20 June 2016

Christian Falaster, Manuel Portugal Ferreira and Fernando Ribeiro Serra

Doctoral programs are primarily intended to train new professors and researchers to take positions requiring research competency. This paper aims to observe the scientific…

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Purpose

Doctoral programs are primarily intended to train new professors and researchers to take positions requiring research competency. This paper aims to observe the scientific production of 734 Brazilian new PhDs in management and the possible link between the scientific output of the graduates and doctoral program rank.

Design/methodology/approach

Methodologically, the authors built a database collecting the journal publications of the first six years after doctoral degree of all PhDs in management graduated by Brazilian doctoral programs during the period of 1998-2008. The authors use cluster and descriptive analysis to explore PhD publication.

Findings

Results show a great disparity of productivity, where 10 per cent of all new PhDs account for most of the Brazilian research productivity, while most of the PhDs have a very low performance – and that the CAPES (the Brazilian institutional system) qualification of doctoral programs is not a good predictor of the performance of the future graduates. Results are discussed to understand this productivity gap among researchers in a context of a developing country where support institutions are working to improve quantity and quality of publication.

Practical implications

The results are useful for recruiters that need to decide between hiring new PhDs with low productivity graduated from high-ranked programs or new PhDs with high productivity from programs with more modest ranking. At least in part, the authors’ results question the real impact that the doctoral program’s prestige has on the performance of its graduates.

Social implications

There are implications for the future candidates to a management PhD program, for the Directors of these programs and for the institutional agencies that regulate and promote science and that establish the prevailing rules and norms that researchers and institutions follow.

Originality/value

The results are adamant in pointing out that there is a small group of highly productive new PhDs – that the authors called “stars”. Generally speaking, they may find these “star” new PhDs in several doctoral programs. They have also found that some of the new PhDs have a relatively higher level of international papers published, but not necessarily a larger volume of publications. Meanwhile, most PhDs present a very low level of performance. This has important contributions to the way they perceive the doctoral education in management, especially in Ibero-America, revealing insights about the quality of PhDs and PhD courses.

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Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1536-5433

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Book part
Publication date: 25 August 2006

Sungu Armagan, Manuel Portugal Ferreira, Bryan L. Bonner and Gerardo A. Okhuysen

This paper discusses national differences in the interpretation of time in mixed motive decision contexts, such as negotiation. Specifically, we consider how members of…

Abstract

This paper discusses national differences in the interpretation of time in mixed motive decision contexts, such as negotiation. Specifically, we consider how members of different national cultures (Portugal, Turkey, and the United States) experience temporality in these situations. We argue that cultural temporality such as polychronicity, future orientation, and uncertainty avoidance form part of a broader national environment. The national environment is also expressed in national stability factors such as legal systems, family ties, and homogeneity of populations. We propose that temporality and stability aspects of national environment determine negotiation paradigms, which subsequently influence temporality in negotiations. We conclude by suggesting that inclusion of complex and interdependent national environment factors in the study of negotiation has the potential to substantially advance our understanding of mixed motive decision situations.

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National Culture and Groups
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-76231-362-4

Article
Publication date: 10 June 2014

Manuel Portugal Ferreira, Dan Li, Nuno Rosa Reis and Fernando Ribeiro Serra

The purpose of this paper is to conduct a study on the articles published in the four top international business (IB) journals to examine how four cultural models and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to conduct a study on the articles published in the four top international business (IB) journals to examine how four cultural models and concepts – Hofstede’s (1980), Hall’s (1976), Trompenaars’s (1993) and Project GLOBE’s (House et al., 2004) – have been used in the extant published IB research. National cultures and cultural differences provide a crucial component of the context of IB research.

Design/methodology

This is a bibliometric study on the articles published in four IB journals over the period from 1976 to 2010, examining a sample of 517 articles using citations and co-citation matrices.

Findings

Examining this sample revealed interesting patterns of the connections across the studies. Hofstede’s (1980) and House et al.’s (2004) research on the cultural dimensions are the most cited and hold ties to a large variety of IB research. These findings point to a number of research avenues to deepen the understanding on how firms may handle different national cultures in the geographies they operate.

Research limitations

Two main limitations are faced, one associated to the bibliometric method, citations and co-citations analyses and other to the delimitation of our sample to only four IB journals, albeit top-ranked.

Originality/value

The paper focuses on the main cultural models used in IB research permitting to better understand how culture has been used in IB research, over an extended period.

Details

Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1536-5433

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Book part
Publication date: 30 May 2013

Manuel Portugal Ferreira, Nuno Rosa Reis, Martinho Isnard Ribeiro de Almeida and Fernando Ribeiro Serra

In this chapter we examine the extant research in international business (IB) by conducting a bibliometric study of the articles published in three leading IB journals …

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In this chapter we examine the extant research in international business (IB) by conducting a bibliometric study of the articles published in three leading IB journals – International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies and Management International Review, over their entire track record of publication available in the ISI – Institute for Scientific Information. In longitudinal analyses of citation data we ascertain the most relevant works of the IB field. We also identify intellectual interconnectedness in co-citation networks of the research published in each journal. A second-tier analysis delves into publication patterns of those articles that are not at the top citation listings. Our results permit us better understand and depict the extant IB research and, to some extent, its evolution thus far.

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Philosophy of Science and Meta-Knowledge in International Business and Management
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-713-9

Article
Publication date: 4 June 2010

Fernando Ribeiro Serra and Manuel Portugal Ferreira

The purpose of this paper is to study advance four factors – strategy pillars – that help explain firms' success: leader and top management team; strategic focus; trust in…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study advance four factors – strategy pillars – that help explain firms' success: leader and top management team; strategic focus; trust in the future; and resources support.

Design/methodology/approach

These factors were identified in five case studies of well‐known multinational corporations often referred to in the strategy literature and research.

Findings

The paper proposes the four pillars from a resource‐based view (RBV) as a departure point for the identification of strategic resources.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations derive from case study methodology, such as difficulty of generalization. The paper helps clarify how to look at the resources and how the strategy pillars may embody the four characteristics VRIN.

Practical implications

The role of the chief executive officer entrepreneur as a core strategic pillar.

Social implications

To deepen understanding of strategic leadership succession, namely to avoid firms' decline once the founding father retires.

Originality/value

The paper not only uses the RBV to help identify strategic resources and understand the major strategic pillars of competitive advantage, but it also contributes to the debate on where lies the source of competitive advantage.

Details

Management Research: Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, vol. 8 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1536-5433

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