Managers operating in an international environment face challenges that go way beyond those solved by managers who operate within the confines of a country. Portugal, a small open economy that pioneered globalization, has had to face up to these challenges for many centuries: its historical and economic relations with sub-Saharan Africa as well as Latin America attest to it. Nova SBE, the leading Portuguese business school, is uniquely placed to offer a summer school that mixes state-of-the-art short courses on International Management and related subjects with unique knowledge of how internationally-minded Portuguese firms exploit business opportunities. In sum, rigorous academic knowledge blended with an in situ introduction to successful Portuguese firms is what we wish to offer our foreign students. Welcome to Nova SBE!

One of the most important features of the program is the fast-paced rhythm which enables students to visit a lot of important Economic issues.

Son Thai Ngo, from Vietnam | Studying at Know College, USA


One of the leading business schools in Europe

Established in 1978, Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE) is the most prestigious Portuguese school in the areas of Economics, Finance and Management and one of the leading business schools in Europe (Top 25), with its programs present in the main international rankings: Financial Times, AACSB accreditation, EQUIS accredited and Association of MBA’s.

30 nationalities and academic programs designed to provide a unique learning experience in order to better prepare students for an increasingly demanding job market with 100% placement six months after the graduation.


Overseas undergraduate students in Business Management.


To give an insight of the international business environment with a focus on the European market and its strategic positioning. Examples are provided of strategic relationship with Latin American and Sub-Saharan markets. Visits to corporations are included.


July 9-22


Four courses, each involving eigth hours in-class teaching, offered in the mornings. Four visits to corporations (Tuesdays and Thursdays) held in the afternoon. One day per week (Wednesdays) for cultural sightseeing.


Each of the four courses earns 1 ECTS. Any or all of these credits may be applied to degree programs at Nova SBE (undergraduate or Masters in Management).


1. Modern and Contemporary History
2. International Business
3. Strategy
4. Cross-cultural Management


First week: July 9-15

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Free day Modern and Contemporary History Modern and Contemporary History Cultural sightseeing Cross-cultural management Strategy Free day
International Business Cross-cultural management International Business Modern and Contemporary History
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Corporate visit 1 Alfama, Castle & Fado Corporate visit 2
Welcome dinner

Second week: July 16-22

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday >Saturday
Free day Strategy Strategy Cultural sightseeing Strategy Modern and Contemporary History
Cross-cultural management Cross-cultural management International Business International Business
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Farewell lunch
Corporate visit 3 Belém CC, Monastery & Tower Corporate visit 4


Course 1: Modern and Contemporary History

The purpose of this course is to give an overview of the historical formation of the Portuguese-speaking world. Students will be introduced to the creation of the Portuguese empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries up to the decolonizing process, in the nineteenth century (Brazil) and in the twentieth century (the African and remaining Asian colonies). The course will conclude with abrief description of the Portuguese-speaking world today. We expect in this way that students become familiar with the roots of the Portuguese-speaking world.

  • The origins of the Portuguese empire;
  • The Spanish occupation and the first decline of the empire;
  • Decolonization in Brazil (nineteenth century) and in Africa (twentieth century);
  • Extension, features and relevance of the Portuguese-speaking world today.

Instructor: Luciano Amaral



Course 2: International Business

This course aims to prepare students to understand key notions and practices of international management by taking a business and society perspective in the context of globalization.

At the same time, the course introduces practical examples of how Portuguese multi-nationals approach international management, namely in their expansion to Portuguese speaking countries.

The following topics will be analyzed:

  • The impact of globalization on business and management;
  • Managing across cultures. Reconciling dilemas;
  • The impacto f social media in international management;
  • Sustainable innovation and the Concept of shared value in international business.

Instructor: Milton de Sousa



Course 3: Strategy

The aim of this course is to provide students with up-to-date knowledge and practical tools that would enable them to gain deeper understanding of strategy and the strategic management process used firms and other type of organisations.

Students will be introduced to key strategic management frameworks and particular attention will be dedicated to the role and influence of external environmental factors and internal organisational capabilities, on firms’ strategic choices.

Given the remarkable economic development and the increasing importance that some African countries have been experiencing in recent years, and also because of the historical, sociocultural and economic links that Portugal has experienced with some of those countries, we will devote special attention to key challenges and opportunities that managers face when operating in such a context.

We will also facilitate an understanding of effective management practices and strategies that will help you manoeuvre in the African context.

Instructor: Emanuel Gomes



Course 4: Cross-cultural Management

This course is designed to develop a deeper understanding of the issues in managing across cultures with primary focus on Latin America (Brazil) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Mozambique). First, we will question the importance and relevance of culture in management practice. Then, we will explore methods for discovering culture and develop a framework to diagnose culture whether national, corporate, functional, etc. Next, we will examine the impact of culture on strategy, structure, and human resource management. Finally, we will evaluate different approaches to managing cultural differences and question the role of managers and companies in a global economy.

The course aims at:

  • Increasing awareness of one's own culture;
  • Providing insight into other cultures;
  • Diagnosing culture;
  • Demonstrating how culture affects management practice;
  • Providing guidelines on managing cultural differences across individuals, in teams and in organizations.

Instructor: Joana Story



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