E4VALUE: Innovation Dynamics in Aeronautics and Embraer in Évora

Towards a Distributed Platform for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, New Employment and Skills Development 

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 Granger Morgan ERI 2014   
"There is an increasing concern that deindustrialization is hampering growth and undermining the competitiveness of developed economies leading to increases in unemployment and export capacity, becoming a social economic risk. Looking at the specific case of aeronautics, and considering in manufacturing nature and complexity, this ERI will facilitate the development of a research agenda to address the complexity of the issue, putting together the right scientific and industry partners. This project will contribute to sustain industrial strategy and policy developments with impact in Portugal and other areas of the world." Joana Mendonça and Granger Morgan 
Portuguese PI
Miguel Amaral

Granger Morgan 


Research teams: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e o Desenvolvimento (IST-ID); Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESC TEC); Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica (IDMEC)
Centro para a Excelência e Inovação na Indústria Automóvel (CEIIA); Embraer Portugal Estruturas em Compósitos, S.A (EEC) 

Main Research Unit: Centro de Estudos em Inovação, Tecnologia e Políticas de Desenvolvimento (IN+)
Funding Reference: FCT CMUP-ERI/TPE/0011/2013 
Duration: 48 months
Keywords: Innovation and Industrial Production; Aeronautics Value Chain; Technological Change and Regional Development; Management of Uncertainty
url: http://in3.dem.ist.utl.pt/technology-policy-aerospace/index.asp 

This project looks at the increasing complexity and uncertainty of technological advances and related value chains and business configurations in aeronautics. It is motivated by the installation of two new Embraer plants in Évora, Portugal, with the ultimate goal of securing their role as centers of excellence in aeronautics. Evora’s plants are a singular case as they are fully Embraer, they are also first tier suppliers of Embraer Brazil. This requires the full integration of their activities within the needs of Embraer Brazil, while keeping a competitive edge. ICT systems are essential to anticipating problems and opportunities in the supply chain management at four levels:

i) identification, capacitation and qualification of new technology based suppliers;
ii) monitoring suppliers performance identifying risky situations or opportunities;
iii) identification of backup suppliers and 
iv) assessing network effects on the supply chain. The emphasis will be on value-added platforms to facilitate the necessary technological advances including opportunities for new employment and skills development and their impact on regional development. 

The 1st Innovation in Aeronautics Roundtables titled "Fostering Global Supply Networks for the Aeronautics Industry in Portugal," took place in January 16th, 2015, at INESC TEC. more 

Articles published: 

Experts Analyze in Porto Critical Issues of Aeronautical Development [Porto Canal Online - January 2015]


The Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program emphasizes advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The activities of the program are for the most part configured in Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs).
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