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The Lisbon MBA Launches New Executive MBA In Partnership With MIT

Executive MBA students will get to tap into the school’s tech specialty, learning about Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence during their week-long immersion at MIT Sloan School of Management


Thu Feb 15 2018

The Lisbon MBA—a joint program between Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics and Nova SBE—has renewed its partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management, extending the agreement to cover the school’s Executive MBA program.

The extension of the agreement builds upon the success of past MBA graduates—who have been hired by companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft, as the combination of MIT’s technical expertise, alongside The Lisbon MBA’s leadership development program, molds them into the leaders of the future.

“Part of our partnership is to work together on a curriculum, and it compliments what we offer here,” says Anabela Possidónio, MBA executive director of The Lisbon MBA. “MIT’s really happy with the quality of The Lisbon MBA students, and so when we renewed we decided to extend it to our Executive MBA program.”


Slightly different to the month-long immersion that full-time MBA students spend at MIT, EMBA students will embark on an intensive week-long exchange. But they will still tap into the same specializations.

“When they [the students] are there that’s when they get more into the technical [side of things]. Last year they [MBAs} learned about Blockchain, and of course Artificial Intelligence,” says Anabela. “Things are changing so fast and every year they are bringing in new concepts—they are very advanced on that part.”

The Lisbon EMBA program at MIT will follow a similar line to the current full-time MBA partnership, where students take modules in Managing Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Global Compliance and Ethical Issues, and Organizational Process. 

It aims to accommodate the demand from executives for increased flexibility and more focused teaching models, as busy executives who don’t always have the time for dedicated, on-campus study, look for more refined methods of augmenting their skills.  

“It’s an opportunity for innovation and leadership, where students develop an edge in their management capabilities by building their understanding of the challenges of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship,” adds Anabela.

Designed for mid-career executives “poised at a pivotal juncture in their careers”, she continues, the week-long educational experience revolves around MIT’s motto,mens et manus, meaning mind and hand, combining classes developed from cutting-edge research with company visits in Boston, and hands on application.

“Our goal is to help you move ideas from the earliest stages of basic research to effective products and services that improve the world and drive economic and social impact at the local, regional, and national level.”