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The first Business School in Portugal

You aim high. You aspire to lead. You want to make a difference. You believe in leadership based on professional excellence, integrity and spirit of service.

Welcome to AESE Business School.
Founded in 1980, AESE was the first School of Business and Management in Portugal. We have been dedicated to the training and improvement of business leaders, with a Humanistic perspective of Mankind and Society, for over four decades. The recognition our school enjoys within the business world is the result of the four essential principles that guide all of AESE’s activities:

  • A culture of Higher Learning, involving the Alumni community, participants, teachers, employees, companies, schools and institutions the School is in constant contact with;
  • Solid knowledge that is deeply rooted in business reality, along with a Management and Leadership perspective that is laced with a critical, rigorous and holistic approach to the current issues and challenges in business 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 institutions such as the IESE Business School;
  • 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 is the graduate business school of the University of Navarra. Founded in 1958, the school is one of the world´s most international business schools, with campuses in
Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, New York and São Paulo. Consistently ranked within the top ten worldwide, IESE Business School has pioneered business education in Europe since its founding.

For sixty years, IESE has sought to develop business leaders with solid business skills, a global mind-set and a desire to make a positive impact on people and society. The school distinguishes itself in its general-management approach, extensive use of the case method, international outreach, and emphasis on placing people at the heart of managerial decision-making.

In the last years, IESE has positioned itself as number 1 in the world in Executive Education programs, according to the Financial Times ranking.

The school activity is structured around three pillars of leadership development: a general management perspective, a global scope and human and ethical values.

IESE Business School
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

UA&P 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 

Timoney Leadership Institute

Dublin, Ireland

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 methodologies

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?

  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.

As far as an AESE professor is concerned, rich, engaging discussions and debates are the backbone of leadership development.
That is why case studies, team-based projects and business simulations are intensely used throughout our Executive MBA: they dynamically combine diverse learning methodologies to spark these vital interactions.

A personal mentor will offer continuous feedback and career advice throughout the programme to ensure you get the most out of the experience and reach your fullest potential.

Business Simulations
You will take your key knowledge to a new level and advance your executive skills in a test environment, complete with time constraints and opposing power sources.

Team-Based Projects
Teamwork will provide an authentic forum for exchanging and contrasting knowledge among peers and bolster your ability to align different perspectives.

Professional and Personal Development
All participants in the AESE Executive MBA are assigned two members of faculty – a mentor and a coach – who accompany, encourage and help each participant in pedagogical, professional and personal terms.

Peer-To-Peer Learning
The AESE Executive MBA gathers successful managers from an array of industries, companies and professional profiles. The cohort’s diversity will enrich your professional network and open your eyes to new perspectives and practices outside your corporate sphere.

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:

Maria de Fátima Carioca | Dean
Agostinho Abrunhosa | Associate Dean
José Fonseca Pires | Associate Dean
Francisco Iniesta | Associate Dean
Pedro Pimentel | 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
Agostinho Abrunhosa
Alexandre Fonseca
Ana Paula Carvalho
António Isidoro
Carlos Folle
Fátima Carioca
Francisco Infesta
Gonçalo Andrade
Gonçalo Barral
Gonçalo Caseiro
João Pedro Azevedo
Jon Velasco
José Fonseca Pires
José Gonçalves
José Luís Simões
José Ramalho Fontes
Luís Cabral
Manuela Silva
Nuno Amado
Pedro Afonso
Pedro Pimentel
Rafael Franco
Sofia Tenreiro
Vasco Falcão

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

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