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Álvaro Ferreira da Silva is Associate Professor of Business History at Nova School of Business and Economics. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (Florence).

He served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research at Nova SBE until April 2018.

Among his works: História Económica de Portugal, 1700-2000 (2005, edited with Pedro Lains), História da Informática em Portugal (2006), “The peculiar customer: conflicts of power and the modern water supply system in Lisbon (1850-1930)” (2007), “Foreign capital and problems of agency: the Companhias Reunidas de Gás e Electricidade in Lisbon (1890-1920)” (2008), “In search of the urban variable: Understanding the roots of urban planning in Portugal” (2010)“Street, sanitation and beautification: urban intervention in nineteenth-century Lisbon” (2011), “More than a brass nameplate on the door: ownership and control in the Companhia Real dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (1860s-1890s)” (2012), “Foreign investment and multinationals in Portugal (1926-1974)” (2012), “The transfer of management knowledge and practices: the reorganization of CUF by McKinsey (1969-1974)”.

Current research interest include: Business groups over the twentieth century, corporate networks, technological and organizational issues in the development of urban infrastructures.

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Doctorate, European University Institute,


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