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Competitiveness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Introduction

The area of research Competitiveness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship aims to encourage entrepreneurship, competitiveness and innovation in small-size companies and tourist destinations through different approaches and perspectives, contributing to an entrepreneurial and competitive society, essentially in the tourism sector, so important to the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The importance of scientific research and the creation of critical mass in tourism is a gap in the region where the institution is located, therefore the importance of reflection, research and contribution in order to improve this gap.

The creation of the line of research on competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship aims to promote research in several scientific areas connected to the Tourism and Management sector. This line of research aims to foster and encourage competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship in the regional institutions, as well as in the companies that operate in the sector, through approaches and perspectives, contributing to an entrepreneurial and competitive society, essentially in the tourism sector, so important to the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The coordinator of this line of research is Professor Sérgio de Jesus Teixeira, PhD.
BIOGRAPHY: He is an Associate Professor at ISAL – Higher Institute of Administration and Languages. He has a PhD in Management from the University of Beira Interior (UBI), a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), where he has completed his first degree in Tourism. He is an integrated member of the Business Sciences Research Centre of NECE-UBI and a collaborator of CITUR in Portugal. His research focuses on the fields of Tourism, Competitiveness, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Business, Economics and Management. He is the author of several scientific publications indexed to ISI and SCOPUS, where he presented several studies in international conferences. He is an editorial member of several scientific journals, namely Management Decision, and a scientific reviewer of more than 15 scientific journals indexed in WoS, both in the management and tourism fields.

Mission

The main mission of this line relates to the following aspects:

  • To develop a deep and systematic perspective on the field of competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship applied to the tourism sector;
  • To enable the creation and implementation of solid research plans, according to the ethical and methodological norms, susceptible to contribute to the development of scientific knowledge in the field of Management;
  • To assist in the presentation and dissemination of research results within the academic community;
  • To encourage students, teachers and other interested parties to promote autonomously the advancement of scientific knowledge within these fields of study.

Objectives

The line of research Competitiveness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CI&E) aims to encourage entrepreneurship, competitiveness and innovation in small-size companies in the scope of different approaches and perspectives that contribute to a more entrepreneurial and competitive society in a sustainable way. The group CI&E focuses on three fields of action:

  1. Regional and business competitiveness in tourism
  2. Innovation in the tourism sector
  3. Entrepreneurship in tourism companies and encouragement strategies