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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, European University Institute,

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Research Output at NOVA

The paradox of nationality: foreign investment in Portuguese Africa (1890–1974)

da Silva, Á. F. & Neves, P., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Business History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thirsting for efficiency: technological and transaction-cost explanations for the municipalisation of water supplies

    da Silva, Á. F., 1 Jan 2020, Trends in the History of Science. Springer, p. 89-110 22 p. (Trends in the History of Science).

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    Portugal: Changing environment and flexible adaptation

    Silva, Á. F. D. & Neves, P., 19 Apr 2018, Business groups in the West: Origins, evolution, and resilience. Colpan, A. M. & Hikino, T. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 346-374 29 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Business groups in Portugal in the Estado Novo period (1930–1974): Family, power and structural change

    Silva, Á. F. D., Amaral, L. & Neves, P., 2 Jan 2016, In : Business History. 58, 1, p. 49-68 20 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)


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    Voando sobre o futuro de Angola: negócios e agendas de poder na Guerra Fria

    Álvaro Ferreira da Silva (Speaker), , Cláudia Castelo (Speaker), , Ana Paula Lopes da Silva (Speaker), & Maria Luísa Sousa (Speaker)

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