Mário Franco is an associate professor of Entrepreneurship and SME Administration at the Department of Management and Economics, Beira Interior University, Portugal. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Beira Interior University in 2002. In 1997, he was a doctoral candidate and participated in the European Doctoral Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in Spain and Sweden. He was a director of the Second Cycle (Master) Studies of Management. His research focuses on strategic alliances, business networks, innovation, and business creation. He is also a member of the Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics of the University of Beira Interior (CEFAGE-UBI) Research Unit and is currently involved in several research projects on SMEs. He has authored several articles published in journals such as Long Range Planning, R&D Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, and Management Decision, among others, and a variety of books and book chapters published by international publishers.