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Idea Puzzle was founded in 2008 to help PhD students coherently align the theory, method, data, rhetoric, and authorship of a research proposal, article or thesis in the light of Philosophy of Science (Morais & Brailsford, 2019). Our main initiatives are the Idea Puzzle« software, the Idea Puzzle Prize, and the one-hour free webinar 'Research design with the Idea Puzzle« software'


Ricardo Morais, married and father of three daughters, is Head of the Management Department at Catˇlica Porto Business School, coordinator of the doctoral seminar "How to design your PhD" at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) in Brussels, CEO of Idea Puzzle, and alumni of HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Jyvńskylń, Finland, having graduated in Management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. His research interests are interdisciplinary, including Philosophy of Science, Strategic Management, and Design Thinking. Since 2002, he has published more than 30 academic articles, chapters, and papers about these topics and lectured in 89 higher education institutions in 22 countries. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Association, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of Management. Since 1996, he has co-founded John Crane Safematic in Brazil, Revenio Group in Finland, and Idea Puzzle in Portugal. Since 2000, he was a consultant in projects for the European Commission, Sonae Ind˙stria, Portuguese Government, CCDR-N, Deloitte, FundašŃo Belmiro de Azevedo, Azores Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AssociašŃo MissŃo Crescimento, and FundašŃo AmÚlia de Mello.