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The first Business School in Portugal

The first School of Business and Management in Portugal, since 1980 AESE Business School has been dedicated to the training and improvement of busi- ness leaders, with a christian perspective of Mankind and Society.

The transformative impact on its Alumni spread across 5 continents makes AESE a unique business school: a school for Leaders who want to learn, leave their mark and transform the world.


The recognition of the school in the business world is the result of the four essential principles that guide AESE’s activities:

  • A culture of Learning, involving the Alumni community, participants, teachers, employees, companies, schools and institutions the School comes in contact with;
  • Knowledge rooted in business reality and with a Management and Leadership perspective combined with a critical, rigorous and holistic approach to the current issues and challenges in the business world and society;
  • A far-reaching presence in the world enhanced by the diversity of the School’s community, the rich content of its activities and a close proximity to international schools such as the IESE Business School in particular; and
  • Strong, ethical and humanistic values, coupled with a persistent effort to practice and share them.

AESE Alumni Association

Participants in long-duration programmes form part of the AESE Alumni Association. the School’s relationship with its more than 7200 Alumni and the relationships between them generate an inexhaustible source of knowledge, experience and contacts for the professional and personal improvement of all.


AESE’s Alumni Association promotes activities that establish a platform for continuous learning and permanent transformation. Highlights include the unique evening conferences or continuity Sessions, in which recognised academic and professional figures speak about relevant topics in the area of management, serving and facilitating learning in each of the functional areas of the company or in the company as a whole within society.


See more information about the 2020/2021 Alumni Learning Program in the portuguese version of the site >>

Associated Business Schools

IESE – Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa
Barcelona, Spain


IPADE – Universidad Pan-Americana 
Mexico City, Mexico


UNIS Business School
Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala


IAE – Escuela de Dirección y Negocios 
Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina


PAD – Escuela de Dirección de la Universidad de Piura
Lima, Republic of Peru


INALDE – Insitituto de Alta Dirección Empresarial
Universidad de la Sabana, Bogota, Colombia


LBS – Lagos Business School
Pan-African University, Lagos, Nigeria


IDE – Instituto de Desarollo Empresarial
Guayaquil, Ecuador


IEEM – Instituto de Estudios Empresariales de Montevideo
Universidad de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay


School of Business Admnistration
University of Asia and the Pacific Manila, Philipines


ISE – Instituto Superior da Empresa
São Paulo, Brasil


ESE – Escuela de Negocios
Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago do Chile, Chile


SBS – Strathmore Business School
Starthmore University, Nairobi, Kenya


IIMA – Indian Institute of Management de Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, India A AESE


Ross School of Business
Michigan, USA


Warwick Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

Sponsor Companies

Thanks to the support of Sponsor Companies, AESE has the possibility to consolidate its formative mission and face its projects for the future.


The development of young teachers, the strengthening of knowledge developed over the years, the growing impulse to research, the modernization of learning methodologies as well as the launch of new programs and initiatives, would not be possible without the close collaboration and support of our Sponsor Companies.


Accenture | AMGENColt | Credite EGS | CSL Behring | CTT EDP | GLS | Grupo ETE | Grupo Luís Simões | Janssen |  Merck | Millenniumbcp | MSD | PwC | Soja Portugal Sovena

AESE’s learning methodology

Case Method – The art of managing the uncertainty


In contrast to lecture-based teaching methods, with the case Method the participants do most of the talking. the teacher facilitates and guides the discussion within a theoretical framework, asking questions and encouraging the participation of the whole class to enrich the discussion with contrasting points of view, different experiences and cultural backgrounds.


Whether analysing the challenges faced by a construction company, an amusement park, a ceramic manufacturer or an airline in difficulty, the case method asks the participant to put him or herself in the place of the manager: How can i increase sales in a negative cycle? How can the company improve its results in a new competitive environment? What incentive policies will work in a fast-moving industry?


Case Method steps

  1. Read the case on your own, reflecting on the main issues: What is the biggest problem? What are the alternative options for action? What would you do if you were the manager in question?
  2. Before class, participants meet in small working groups to discuss and compare their analysis and contrasting points of view.
  3. The discussion is then taken to the classroom context, with the teacher facilitating and conduct- ing a more comprehensive discussion of the case. together in a plenary session, the issues raised in the case are analysed and the different courses of action are evaluated with conclusions and learning frameworks.

The case may be recent or a dilemma faced by a company two decades ago. However, the issues highlighted in each case are relevant and universal.

AESE Board

The AESE Business School Board establishes and executes a strategic long-term action development plan, an investment program in training provision and operations. The AESE Board consists of the Professors:

José Ramalho Fontes | President
Maria de Fátima Carioca | Dean
Agostinho Abrunhosa | Associate Dean
José Fonseca Pires | Associate Dean
Francisco Iniesta | Associate Dean
Pedro Pimentel | Associate Dean
Rafael Franco | Associate Dean

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board meets and contributes on a regular basis to discuss the competitive strategy and strategic options, and engages actively with the School’s Board to help it address the global needs of companies and society pursuing the School’s mission.


Adrián Caldart | IESE Business School and AESE Business School

Agostinho Abrunhosa | AESE Business School, Executive MBA AESE

Ana Paula Carvalho | Pfizer, PADIS

Ana Paula Moutela | AESE Business School, PADE

António Martins da Costa | EDP, PADE

António Pita de Abreu | Pita de Abreu e Consultores Associados and AESE Business School, PDE

Carlos Lacerda | SAP

Eduardo Martinez Abascal | IESE Business School

Francisco Iniesta | IESE Business School and AESE Business School

Graça Carvalho | UCL Impact Champion, GMP

Jon Velasco | HUF Portuguesa, PADE

José Fonseca Pires | AESE Business School, Executive MBA AESE

José Gonçalves | Accenture, PADE

José Martins Nunes | Former Alto Comissário para a Saúde e Bem-estar, PADIS

José Ramalho Fontes | AESE Business School, PADE

Luís Cabral | NYU e AESE Business School

Manuela Silva | EDP, PADE

Maria de Fátima Carioca | AESE Business School, PADE

Nuno Amado | Millenium BCP

Pedro Pimentel | AESE Business School, PADE

Rafael Franco | AESE Business School, Executive MBA AESE

Sofia Tenreiro | GALP

Vasco Falcão | Konica Minolta, Executive MBA AESE

AESE/EDP Chair in Ethics in the Company and in Society

The AESE/EDP Chair in Ethics in the Company and in Society was set up in 2011, under an Agreement between the two organizations. The Company and the School have undertaken to develop the 1st Corporate Chair – Ethics in the Company and in Society, through which they can, on the one hand, consolidate the information provided in classes taught in the School on this subject and, on the other hand, offer advanced training on ethics to the Company’s workforce. (on the AESE/EDP Agreement).


The Chair is an institutional initiative, within an academic field, related to the development of an area of study. It consists of a research, teaching and dissemination programme led and developed by an AESE professor in order to perfect knowledge on a particular subject matter.


“Several years after the creation of the AESE-EDP Chair in Ethics in the Company and in Society, we can now assess, with a certain distance (historic acceleration has compressed all timeframes), the great rewards that it has brought and the prospects that are opening up.
It is not just the research that it has made possible, the seminars that it has enabled us to organize, with foreign visiting lecturers who are leaders in this field, but, above all, the existence of a team dedicated to developing a theme that is at the heart of both AESE and EDP and is so crucial to organizations.
EDP has rightly gained international recognition for its long track record in this field, including the successive implementation of the most highly recommended best practices.
A commitment to ethical leadership, with best practices and with social and environmental responsibility, will be the hallmark of large organizations in the future, for which they will be judged, in addition to the results they obtain.”

Raul Diniz
Chairman of AESE and holder of the AESE/EDP Chair in Ethics in the Company and in Society

For more information

Graça Sousa Pinto

gracaspinto@aese.pt

For more information

Graça Sousa Pinto

gracaspinto@aese.pt

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