PhD in Management

Nova School of Business and Economics

Program Description
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PhD in Management

Nova School of Business and Economics

You are now considering joining the Ph.D. program in Management at Nova SBE, one of the top 30 Business Schools in Europe (Financial Times) and the only Portuguese school to be awarded 5 Palmes by Eduniversal, thus receiving the title of ‘Universal Business School’.

By becoming a part of our school you will have the opportunity to be a part of a research center that has always been evaluated as excellent by external review committees. You will be able to share your ideas and insights with scholars from 25 nationalities that have published in the past years more than 82 papers in international journals, of which 37 were published in top journals, and whose research has captured the attention of several media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review or The Wall Street Journal.

The goal of our Ph.D. program is not only to give you a solid theoretical and methodological basis to develop your own research, but also to provide opportunities to participate in other activities and develop your own professional network. Beyond the classes and the three seminar streams (international guests, Nova SBE’s professors, and Nova SBE’s Ph.D. students) that our program offers, we also invite you to spend a semester abroad and to present your research at the main conferences in the different fields of management research. It is expected that by the end of the Ph.D. students have already published a part of their research.

The quality of our research environment and our commitment to shaping powerful minds is only surpassed by the beauty, history, and hospitality you will find in Lisbon, making it the perfect place to do your research with a smile.

Seven Areas of Research

Management Control

This area concentrates on the study of the economic, organizational, social and political aspects of management accounting and control practices. Particular emphasis is given to the investigation of the impact of the adoption of practices such as the Balanced Scorecard, Activity-Based Costing, Time-Driven ABC, Target Costing and Kaizen Costing in private and public organizations.

Main courses: Management Control Systems, Applied Corporate Finance, Managerial Accounting

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This area aims at preparing students to pursue an entrepreneurial career. Courses focus on the general understanding of how to test whether an innovative idea, product or process will be demanded by customers, how to finance start-up ventures and innovation projects, and how to sell and market new products.

Main courses: Innovation Management, Venture Simulation, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital


Marketing deals with choosing target markets and getting, keeping and growing customers through the creation, delivery, and communication of superior “customer value”. It is a dynamic field that combines creative ability and analytical skills.

Main courses: Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, Consumer Behaviour, International Marketing Strategy, New-Product Development

Operations Management

This area is about getting things done effectively and efficiently in organizations. This area will, therefore, cover such issues as business process re-engineering, quality management, better customer service, inventory systems, managing manufacturing, supply chain management and project management. This demands a strong analytical skill from our students.

Main courses: Operations Management, Quality Management, Operations Strategy

Social Enterprise

This area is focused on building leadership skills and awareness to socially responsible global leaders in both for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations, in different types of positions including consulting, financial services and consumer products, educational and health institutions, social services and governmental institutions.

Main courses: Social Entrepreneurship, Management of Non-Profit Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economics Health & Health Care, Sustainable International Business

Strategy and International Business

Business leaders need to provide direction to their companies, and to organize it in order to put the strategy in place. To build a sustainable competitive advantage, companies need to understand their customers and competitors, their strengths and weaknesses, the complex business and institutional environments, and the existing resource constraints. It’s also imperative that companies know how to serve customers in international markets, and how to internationalize a local business. This area focuses on the strategic management of companies.

Main courses: International Business, Business Strategy, and Practice, Corporate Strategy, Leadership & Change Management, Competition Policy

Organization Studies

Individuals and group behavior can impact an organizational context, on the other hand, institutional and social forces affect organizations and the people in them. As the pace of the market changes one thing remains - people are at the core of the success of companies. This is the starting point for this area of study that includes organizational behavior and human resources management.

Main courses: Organizational Theory, Global Human Resource Management, Persuasion and Negotiation, Positive Organizations.


Applicants should hold a Masters. Your degree can be in any field (e.g., the sciences, arts, and humanities), but if you have no previous coursework in business studies, your supervisor may require additional coursework (at Nova SBE or elsewhere). If you do not have masters degree, you can still be admitted to the Ph.D. program contingent on finishing a masters (or equivalent) en route.

All materials must be in English

  • Curriculum Vitae (In English);
  • Transcript of records of undergraduate and graduate degrees with full list of courses and grades;
  • Letter of Intent including the following topics:
  • why you wish to do a Ph.D. at Nova SBE
  • what you would like to study
  • who you would like to work with — possible supervisor(s)
  • your career goals after the Ph.D.
  • your financial circumstances and how you hope to support yourself financially
  • any funding requirements you may have
  • Sample Research Proposal (up to 6000 words);
  • Recommendation letters (minimum 2)

OPTIONAL Documents to send:

  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Other Research Sample. (This is in addition to the sample research proposal above. It can be any technical/professional report that you have written by yourself or are the lead contributor (p.e. Master Thesis)
  • English Language Certificate
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2018
2 semesters
Full time
3,000 EUR
Portugal - Lisbon
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