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Barcelos, Portugal

The Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, , is the youngest polytechnic institute in Portugal. It was created on December 19, 1994 in Barcelos, with two higher Schools: the Management School and the Technology School.The Management School provides four degree courses: Accounting and Public Finance, Management Accounting, Taxation and Solicitorship.The Technology School provides four degrees as well: Health Informatics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Management Information Systems.As of 2007 both schools counted over 1400 students enrolled in the various courses degrees available. Wikipedia.

Monteiro S.M.S.,Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave | Aibar-Guzman B.,University of Santiago de Compostela
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management

Similarly to what has happened in other countries, since the early 1990s Portuguese companies have developed corporate environmental reporting practices in response to internal and external factors. This paper is based on empirical research directed to both the study of environmental reporting practices developed by Portuguese companies and the identification of the factors that explain the extent to which these companies disclose environmental information. This study focuses on the environmental disclosures made in the annual reports by a sample of 109 large firms operating in Portugal during the period 2002-04. Using the content analysis technique we have developed an index in order to assess the presence of the environmental disclosures in companies' annual reports and their breadth. Based on the extant literature, several characteristics relating to firms' attributes were selected and their influence on the level of environmental disclosure was tested empirically. The selected explanatory variables were firm size, industry membership, profitability, foreign ownership, quotation on the stock market and environmental certification. The results reveal that, in spite of the fact that the level of environmental information disclosed during the period 2002-04 is low, the extent of environmental disclosure has increased as well as the number of Portuguese companies that disclose environmental information. Moreover, the firm size and the fact that a company is listed on the stock market are positively related to the extent of environmental disclosure. This study adds to the international research on environmental disclosure by providing empirical data from a country, Portugal, where empirical evidence is still relatively unknown, extending the scope of the current understanding of the environmental reporting practices. © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment. Source

Objectives Measure the satisfaction of health professionals and identify the elements that do influence the most the overall satisfaction of those professionals. Methods An ad hoc questionnaire was applied to the professionals of the Health Centers Group of Feira-Arouca. First, an analysis of the internal consistency, followed by a Factor Analysis (FA) was carried out in order to know the factors or dimensions that the scale measures and the adequacy of the data for the realization of the AF. Then, a linear regression was carried out in order to identify the variables that most influence the professional satisfaction, as well as Spearman correlation. Results The results show the existence of a scale with acceptable psychometric properties, specifically, with a high internal consistency. In addition, the perception of an appropriate supervisory labor, pride on the image of the Health Centers Group of Feira-Arouca, cooperation and collaboration between professionals and multidisciplinary work are the elements that influence the most the overall satisfaction of health professionals. Discussion The average overall satisfaction of the professionals is positive (Mean = 3.37 on a Likert scale). It was possible to identify the elements that contribute significantly to the satisfaction of professionals. So, it would be appropriate to develop and implement strategies to supervise the work of professionals and encourage cooperation among multidisciplinary professionals. © 2015 The Author. Source

Teixeira P.,Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave | Brandao P.L.,Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave | Rocha A.,Fernando Pessoa University
International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems

The significant number of publications describing unsuccessful cases in the introduction of health information systems makes it advisable to analyze the factors that may be contributing to such failures. However, the very notion of success is not equally assumed in all publications. Based in a literature review, the authors argue that the introduction of systems must be based in an eclectic combination of knowledge fields, adopting methodologies that strengthen the role of organizational culture and human resources in this project, as a whole. On the other hand, the authors argue that the introduction of systems should be oriented by a previously defined matrix of factors, against which the success can be measured. Copyright © 2012, IGI Global. Source

Varajao J.,University of Tras os Montes e Alto Douro | Varajao J.,University of Minho | Cruz-Cunha M.M.,Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave | Cruz-Cunha M.M.,University of Minho
International Journal of Production Research

This paper proposes the joint use of the AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) and the ICB (IPMA Competence Baseline), as a tool for the decision-making process of selecting the most suitable managers for projects. A hierarchical structure, comprising the IPMAs ICB 3.0 contextual, behavioural and technical competence elements, is constructed for the selection of project managers. It also describes the AHP implementation, illustrating the whole process with an example using all the 46 ICB competence elements as model criteria. This tool can be of high interest to decision-makers because it allows comparing the candidates for managing a project using a systematic and rigorous process with a rich set of proven criteria. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

Santos G.,Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave | Mendes F.,University of Minho | Barbosa J.,University of Minho
Journal of Cleaner Production

The purpose of this study was to characterize the situation of Portuguese Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) concerning the certification of their Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS), in their individually form, to identify benefits, drawbacks and difficulties associated with the certification process and to characterize the level of integration that has been achieved. This research was based on a survey carried out by the research team; it was administered to 46 Portuguese SMEs. Our sample comprised 20 firms (43%) from the Trade/Services activity sector, 17 (37%) from the Industrial sector, 5 (11%) from the Electricity/Telecommunications sector and 4 (9%) from the Construction area. All SMEs surveyed were certified according to the ISO 9001 (100%), a quarter of firms were certified according to the ISO 14001 (26.1%) and a few certified by OHSAS 18001 (15.2%). We undertook a multivariate cluster analysis, which enabled grouping variables into homogeneous groups or one or more common characteristics of the SMEs participating in the study. Results show that the main benefits that Portuguese SMEs have gained from the referred certifications have been, among others, an improvement of both their internal organization and external image. We also present the main difficulties in achieving certification. Overall, 7 of the Portuguese SMEs examined indicated that the main benefits of the IMS implementation management included costs reduction, increased employee training and easier compliance of legislation. The respective drawbacks and difficulties are also presented. Finally, we presented the main integrated items in the certified Portuguese SMEs we examined. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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