Welcome from the Dean
The ISCTE Business School has the appropriate expertise to boost executives, organizations and entrepreneurial skills in a progressively globalized world. We are reference in the teaching of Management both in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking world, and we aspire to similar recognition in Europe.
In terms of teaching and training, we have 1,500 bachelor students, 350 masters and doctoral students, and over 800 students enrolled in the Executive Masters offered by “INDEG-IUL – Executive Education”.
Our research unit, BRU-IUL, counts on with more than one hundred researchers, both national and foreign, who produce cutting-edge research in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, quantitative methods, and human resources and organizational behavior. The breadth and scope of our research allows the transfer of knowledge to organizations and society as a whole. The unit has its own dynamics with an International Scientific Board comprised of renowned foreign academics and an Audit Committee comprised of national chartered accountants.
Our international presence is becoming increasingly relevant. We offer several masters and Ph.D. programs in English that welcome a number of foreign students, dual degrees in partnership with premier international schools, and master and Ph.D. programs that are offered in Brazil, China, Cape Verde and Mozambique in association with reputed local schools.
The ISCTE Business School has the largest student exchange program in Portugal, receiving more than 200 students per year from all over the globe and sending an equal number of students in the framework of partnerships with over 50 universities from every continent. On an annual basis, IBS also organizes several overseas summer schools.
The School is internationally accredited by AMBA and is member of AACSB, EABIS and EFMD. It is also the only national member of the AIBE – Alliance for International Business Education, a network of schools that unites some of the most prestigious schools in Latin America, U.S., Europe and Asia.
The School has a long tradition of links to the corporate world and offers, besides more generic programs, specialized programs in the different areas of management at all levels of teaching (bachelor, master and Ph.D.), unparalleled in the Portuguese university context.
The faculty comprises doctorates, national and foreign, and other prestigious professionals like invited lecturers who are the first contact our students have with the corporate world.
Our graduates, postgraduates and doctorates are sought by the best national and international corporates to occupy the most demanding positions, which give us a clear signal of the reputation we have achieved.
We are most certainly at a level of development that allows us to face the challenges of the future with optimism. I am counting on the support of all in our efforts to offer excellence in education and an unmatched academic experience, and to achieve recognition at an international level that we have consolidated at the national level.
Professor Mohamed Azzim
Dean of ISCTE Business School
IBS, through teaching, research and outreach, contributes for the development of management knowledge and practice, and prepares and develops managers and leaders to make a positive impact on organizations and society, in a globalized world.
IBS wishes to be, and to be perceived by its stakeholders, one of the leading Portuguese Business Schools and to be recognized in Portugal and internationally for the quality of teaching and learning experience, academic rigour and relevance of its research and excellence of its programs, for the reputation of its graduates and faculty and for its distinctive focus on the needs of organizations, individuals and society.
The culture of the school is based on the following deeply imbedded values which are shared by all faculty and staff of the school and communicated to all stakeholders in different ways:
- Relevance to and close links with the business community in Portugal and increasingly internationally
- Excellence and rigour in all aspects of the School’s work
- Entrepreneurship and innovation in research, programmes, faculty and students/participants
- Social responsibility and ethical behavior
- Open, integrative and supportive relationships and behavior within the School and with all stakeholders
- A welcome environment that embraces a multicultural and diverse population
The main role of the ISCTE Business School Board of Supervisors is to provide the strategic direction of the ISCTE Business School. It aims to ensure that the training and education provided by the school responds to the challenges faced by today’s companies, in a business environment characterised by globalization, uncertainty and change.
To fulfil this role the Board is driven by two core principles: Business Leadership and Vision, and aided by some of the most prestigious managers and in Portugal, with international academic reputations and experience at some of the leading global business schools.
Alberto da Ponte
CEO da EDP – Renewable Energy
Professor, Cranfield Management School and Editor, the Journal of Management Education
António José Costa e Silva
President, Board of Administration of Partex
President, PSA group in South of America
President of SLN
Emeritus Professor, Manchester Business School and Dean of the School between 1994 and 2006
José de La Torre
Professor, Florida International University and formally Dean of the Chapman Graduate School of Business
CEO, Banco Santander Totta
Professor, University of San Diego and Visiting Professor, Harvard University
Vice –President, ONGOING Strategy Investments
Accreditation and Recognition of ISCTE Business School
ISCTE Business School has been recognized by a host of prestigious international agencies and associations as Portugal’s best business school when it comes to the international focus provided by several of its programmes. The following list will give you an idea of the internationally-recognized organizations ISCTE Business School belongs to and the international accreditation and recognition it has received:
Our Executive MBA has received accreditation from AMBA, the Association of MBAs. The Executive MBA of ISCTE Business School is the only EMBA in Portugal that has been granted the prestigious MBA accreditation from AMBA - Association of MBAs.
The Executive MBA (EMBA) programme of ISCTE Business School achieved this international accreditation in its fourth year. This accreditation is ample proof of the quality and unique nature of the programme in Portugal.
The ISCTE Business School EMBA is designed for Portuguese executives with 6 or more years of professional experience after graduation. The average age of our students is 36. The maturity and experience of our programme participants makes for a student body with a vast pool of experiences and allows them to form a wide-reaching executive network of mature professionals.
The innovative structure of the programme includes workshops led by top managers, national and international residential stays and a leadership course at the Navy School, which is unique in Portugal. Together with its prestigious faculty, the programme has had a huge impact on the careers of aspiring top executives. A number of our alumni can boast of seeing great strides in their careers just one or two years after completing the programme. Some have been promoted to general managership positions of medium-sized and large companies, while others have embarked on important international careers and entrepreneurship ventures with projects in Portugal and abroad.
ISCTE Business School is the only Portuguese business school accepted at The European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), which is a unique alliance of top international business schools, academic institutions and companies.
EABIS members include leading business schools across Europe, South Africa and New Zealand and international companies and organisations that are, with the support of the European Commission, committed to integrating business in society issues into the heart of business theory and practice in Europe.
EABIS' activities are based on three pillars:
- Research and Knowledge Development: EABIS is the European reference network for interdisciplinary research on corporate responsibility, based on a unique partnership model to create a sound, accessible and business-relevant body of knowledge.
- Education and Learning: EABIS works collaboratively with companies and academic institutions to inform and reshape education programmes, placing corporate responsibility at the core of business education.
- Training and Leadership: EABIS supports a multi-stakeholder learning network to identify and deliver programmes designed to enhance the competencies required by mainstream professionals in the area of corporate responsibility.
IBS's doctoral programmes are recognised as being among the best in Europe. ISCTE Business School is the only Portuguese business school accepted by the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), which has also recognized such prestigious institutions as ESADE, HEC, INSEAD and London Business School.
The academic excellence and scientific quality of IBS's programmes was one of the key elements in its having been accepted as an EDAMBA member.
This network of the top doctoral programmes in Europe has three main aims:
- To promote and facilitate cooperation within the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration by providing and managing a network to exchange information;
- To exchange PhD candidates;
- To promote research cooperation.
In many ways, EDAMBA helps participating schools enhance the quality of their PhD programmes, while pursuing diversity and creating an environment of excellence with a European perspective.
ISCTE Business School was awarded 3 palms in the Eduniversal ranking (Excelent Business School), doubling the Deans' votes in comparison to the previous year.
Eduniversal Company is the classification of the 1000 best Business Schools in 153 countries in the World. The selection is classified in terms of Palms and Ratings, issued from the Deans votes. The aim of this official selection is to provide sufficient information for students about a range of academic institutions, sorted by their reputations and international ambitions and located in 9 different zones.
ISCTE Business School was accepted as a member of PRME on February 2011. As an institution dedicated to creating ethical, effective and holistic leaders for the 21st Century, we not only remain committed to integrating the Principles of Responsible Management Education throughout all our institution’s efforts, but hope to help lead the way in developing new ways of teaching the competencies needed in the ever-evolving, ever more complex global business environment that is the 21st Century.
The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations Global Compact sponsored initiative with the mission to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values, such as the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century. Currently, over 450 signatories have joined PRME representing 80 countries. PRME’s Steering Committee is comprised of global and specialized associations.
Learn more at www.unprme.org