The researcher Fernando Souza de Oliveira focused his doctoral thesis on the study of the nature of obstacles to innovation in potentially innovative companies in developing countries, focusing on the cases of Ecuador, Uruguay and Peru. This research was carried out within the framework of the PhD program in Economics and Business of the USC, under the direction of Óscar Rodil Marzábal, researcher of the ICEDE group and member of the CRETUS Institute.

This doctoral thesis integrates in a single study the identification of different analytical dimensions (the determinants, effects and complementarities of obstacles) in a specific territorial context and for a specific category of companies, which allows a more consistent understanding of the difficulties they face.

For the analysis of the first dimension (obstacle determinants), and to explain how the relationship between organizational characteristics and innovative activities determines the different obstacles to innovation, the data of 5,477 potentially innovative companies of the Innovation Activities Survey were used National of Ecuador (period 2009-2014). Second, the data of 3,098 potentially innovative Uruguayan companies from the Uruguayan Industry Innovation Survey (2001-2015) were used to explain the effects of obstacles on the overall productivity and innovative productivity of the company. For the analysis of the complementarities of the obstacles, data collected from the National Survey of Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry of Peru (2009-2014), of 1,725 ​​potentially innovative Peruvian companies, were taken into account.

The results of the thesis are collected in several publications of high-impact international scientific journals, as well as contributions in international conferences.

The act of defense took place on November 22 in the room of degrees of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, being the court Orlando Petiz Pereira (University of Minho), Xavier Vence (USC) and María Gulías (UDC). Fernando obtained the mention of International Doctorate and the qualification of Outstanding Cum Laude. Congratulations!

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