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Dissertation Supervision

At CATÓLICA-LISBON there are two possible options for dissertation supervision – you can choose to follow a Dissertation Seminar or an Independent Process. The Dissertation seminars are the recommended process at CATÓLICA-LISBON, as they are structured to ensure continuous feedback from the advisor(s).

Dissertation Seminar - Academic Offer & Syllabi

A Dissertation Seminar is a group of students that are developing dissertations in related topics, all supervised by one or two faculty members, who will be their advisor(s). Dissertation Seminars are designed and structured as instructor-led sessions, group discussions, and individual meetings, ensuring continuous feedback, usually lasting three to four months. The syllabus of the seminar will include the overview and objectives, content, required background (if applicable), the schedules of that seminar, among other relevant information. All seminars are lectured in English.

Please note that the enrolment is processed in Qualtrics, on a first-come, first-served basis. Closer to the enrolment date the students receive an email with instructions and with the platform link. The enrolment dates can be found in the webpage "Dates and Deadlines" link HERE.

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Open to students from the MSc in Economics (all majors).

 

Applied Economics

Prof. Hugo Reis

The objective of this course is to show how micro data combined with quantitative methods can be used to look at inequality to answer long-standing questions in economics and improve public policies.

Open to students from the MSc in Economics (major in Finance & Banking), MSc in Finance, and International MSc in Management (major in Corporate Finance).

 

Asset Allocation

Prof. Pedro Barroso 

The seminar is focused on topics related to asset allocation/portfolio management. This includes how to design portfolios that meet expectations, assessing and managing the risk of portfolios and factor investments, estimating optimization inputs, and managing portfolios with currency market exposures. It also considers well-known investment strategies with implications for the portfolio construction process such as momentum, risk parity or volatility timing.

Empirical Corporate Finance

Prof. Diana Bonfim 

The theoretical and empirical literature on corporate finance is wide and ever-growing. Classical capital structure decisions continue to be revisited and new questions are emerging permanently.  In this workshop we will review the recent literature on empirical corporate finance, focusing on the new challenges faced by researchers in this domain.

Equity Valuation

Prof. José Tudela Martins 

This workshop aims to provide an overview of equity valuation methodologies, offering a set of skills that will allow students to work in the “investment advising” community.

Financial Analysis of Corporate Events

Prof. Geraldo Cerqueiro

This dissertation seminar offers participants an opportunity to select particular events and to study their financial impact on a company or on a set of companies using event study methodology. An event study attempts to measure the valuation effects of a corporate event by examining the response of the stock price around the announcement of the event. Examples of events that can be analyzed are corporate scandals, merger and acquisitions, earnings announcements, and regulatory changes.

Financial Distress

Prof. Ricardo Reis

This seminar is about understanding how firms and managers deal with extreme financial problems. The recent financial crisis together turns Portugal into an interesting laboratory on this particular topic. Many companies experienced an exogenous shock that lead them to close down or restructure quickly. We are now recovering from these years, and this turns the current date the ideal timing to analyze and study financial distress.

Financing Decisions and Credit Risk

Prof. Mário Meira

This seminar aims to help students complete their Master thesis in themes related to firms’ financial decisions and credit risk. 

Fintech

Prof. João Freire de Andrade

Banks and insurance companies are facing one of the most pressured moments of the industry history. After a financial and credibility crisis, the drivers of this pressure are not only clients seeking for innovation and convenience, but also regulators. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing and the rise of a mobile first generation are some of the enablers but also drivers of a new reality that is already unbundling the financial sector as we know it.

Machine Learning in Quantitative Finance

Prof. Dan Tran

Machine Learning (ML) is a powerful toolbox that combines the strength of data science and computational methods. ML techniques are particularly useful in finance, where practitioners have to consistently deal with large, high-dimensional datasets and non-linear patterns. Applied correctly, ML algorithms often outperform standard statistical methods in both predictive power and efficiency. However, financial data exhibit a low signal-to-noise ratio, making the application of ML not straightforward.

Structural Models of Contingent Claims Pricing and Credit Risk

Prof. Nuno Silva 

In finance, a security is considered to be a contingent claim whenever its value depends on the value of some underlying. The prototypical contingent claim example is a stock option. However, there are several other financial assets that can be modelled as contingent claims. For instance, in their seminal articles, Black and Scholes (1973) and Merton (1974) treat equity as a contingent claim on the firm assets (a call option). Bonds, credit default swaps and contingent capital are also examples of securities that can be modelled as contingent claims. This seminar will start by reviewing the basics of option pricing theory. The most relevant articles will be reviewed covering applications of structural models to asset pricing, credit risk and corporate finance.

Venture Capital Investments

Prof. Fatima Shuwaikh

One external means for equity financing, economic growth and innovation is venture capital investments, which has become highly influential in the funding of entrepreneurial companies. To back their growth, entrepreneurial companies have commonly directed to venture capitalists, who often provide expertise in setting new ventures into successes, good hands-on help and money. This seminar outlines the concept of corporate venture capital (CVC) from two main aspects: the perspective of entrepreneurial companies and the perspective of established firms (investors), focusing on the investment relationship issues in the CVC program. 

Open to students from the MSc in Business, International MSc in Management (all majors), and MSc in Management (both specializations).

 

Behavior Change

Prof. Daniel Fernandes

Behavior Change is arguably one of the key challenges of energizing behavioral science and researchers in recent years. We know a lot about the biases and mistakes that managers and consumers make. But we know very little about how to correct those mistakes permanently. It is relatively easy to momentarily affect someone’s actions, behaviors or the attitudes. But enduring change is rare.  Habits are learned associations between responses and features of the context in which a desired action should be performed. Features of the environment activate a certain behavioral response. Therefore, it is important to know how people can prepare for action in advance and/or learn to habitually activate a certain behavioral response.

Brand Image & Equity: From Creation to Impact

Prof. Paulo Romeiro

In this seminar, one can study the Image and Equity of Brands, Corporations, Countries, Professions, Institutions, Celebrities, etc., but also co-branding and Brand Endorsement strategies. In addition, you can study the creation of a new Image/ Equity or to results of a change in an existing one. Image can be defined as 'the sum of beliefs, attitudes, and impressions that a person or group of persons has of an object' (Barich & Kotler, 1991). Thus, it has a significant role in how we make our choices and decisions and has a cognitive and an affective factor. The image then builds Equity. Keller (1993) wrote of two stages of equity development, labeled "awareness level" and "image level", that stem from consumers' needs and wants and lead to a brand.

Building Sustainable Hybrid Organizations – Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Prof. Marta Bicho

Hybrid organizations are a growing sector that offers goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, and sustainable living. One of the challenges these enterprises face is the limbo between the social and financial goals. This hybrid nature might not be completely clear to and understood by society. Additionally, hybrid organizations face higher skepticism from various stakeholders due to their dual identity and category cross-over. Moreover, in a pandemic situation like the one we’re living, organizations need to re-think their purpose and align their business with external needs. For hybrid organizations to be successful, it is important to understand what are the relevant strategies and marketing responses at their disposal to be effective in the marketplace. It is also relevant to address what stakeholders think regarding hybrid organizations. Thus, what is the current state of enterprises with hybrid/sustainable motives? What can we expect in the future from these organizations and their leaders?

Business Adaptive Strategies in Crisis

Prof. Ricardo Reis; Prof. Nuno Cardeal

During moments of severe economic or social crisis many companies have to adapt significantly to new markets and different operational conditions. The adaptive exercise of these venture is one of the most demanding strategic creative endeavors a manager has to embark in. Many are successful and striving businesses emerge from these processes. We want to take advantage of the current massive economic crisis and discover examples of firms, industries, products, services, institutions that changed their strategies adapting to this new reality. We are not limiting the scope to local companies, though Portuguese companies were subjected to intense economic crises within the last decade, which makes the country a particularly interesting laboratory to study this topic.

Case Studies in Luxury, Fashion and Other Creative Industries

Prof. Laure Leglise 

Companies in the luxury industry, the fashion industry and other creative industries (such as publishing, architecture, film making and production,...) make students and workers dream, inspire consumers, while high margins in luxury attract investors. However, these industries face nowadays several challenges such as: the digitalization movement, pressures for sustainability, the growing importance of Asian markets and pressures of investors to be more profitable. This seminar focuses on these industries and the challenges they face.

Communicating Sustainability to Consumers: Challenges and Opportunities 

Prof. Ana Costa; Prof. Cláudia Simão 

Consumers rightfully aspire that companies do their share towards securing a more sustainable, safer and fairer future to humankind, partly by supporting their own efforts to adopt more sustainable consumption behaviors. These often transcend the mere purchase or use of new products and services, however, and frequently imply profound changes in mindset and lifestyle that are hard to achieve and maintain. Together with the lack of honest, clear, positive and reliable information about what constitutes sustainable consumption, what trade-offs it implies in different dimensions of sustainability and what will be its true impact, this creates a huge misalignment between consumers’ beliefs and expectations about companies’ (and own) sustainability efforts, what these efforts really are, and, importantly, what they should be. 

Consulting for Startups

Prof. Rute Xavier

This course is an opportunity to make a difference in the early stages of a startup’s life. Students will be challenged to cover a 360º view of a new business or a business idea to be set up.

Consulting Project

Prof. Rute Xavier 

This course aims to help students complete a consulting project in a real world corporation.

Digital Transformation

Prof. André Pinho

This seminar intends to dive deep into what makes a digital transformation successful for businesses. It is ideal for students who wish to develop a full understanding of how the digital leaders of today became so, and what levers to pull to transform a company into a digital leader of tomorrow.

Health and Well-being: innovation and impact on personal choice

Prof. João Niza Braga

This seminar will thus study the processes underlying consumers’ judgements and decisions about health and well-being related products and services in different social and health contexts. This seminar will put a particular emphasis on how these decisions are impacted by technological advances and medical innovation as well as by consumers’ and companies’ growing concerns with the ethical and sustainable aspects of the well-being and health industries.

Healthcare: Innovation and Transformation

Prof. Henrique Martins

Healthcare already needed change, due to high pressure of aging and raising costs. After COVID-19 change is unavoidable. The question that remains is: WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? Digital Healthcare Systems concept is that of rethinking healthcare as digital first. It means significant innovation is needed and healthcare transformation. The HIT Seminar and the thesis will revolve around this new concept.

Preventive, paperless, empowering, personalized, and accountable. Digital healthcare strengths lay not in technology but rather that digital technology will be present in processes, professionals and people, in ways such that everyone can be a healthcare creator. 

I Heart Brands: How Consumers Relate and Experience Brands & the Innovation in Retail

Prof. Maria Estarreja 

Brands have anthropomorphic characteristics. Consumers form bonds with Brands like relationships with other human beings. The extent to which individuals are highly attached to a brand, determines their depth of commitment to the relationship and the degree of consumer loyalty towards the brand. Emerging consumer trends are changing Brand management plans. Consumers are more than ever concerned about their well-being in all its dimensions, with brands gaining emotional share towards the consumer, creating new Love Brands. Sustainable consumption will play an even more important role in the future, and Brands must adapt themselves to reach the consumers hearts and minds. If Brands do not adapt to these new emerging trends, they risk losing consumer trust and attachment with the brand, or, more extremely, allow brand hate or antagonism into the consumer-brand relationship.     

Internationalization: Small and Medium Businesses

Prof. Ricardo Reis; Prof. Nuno Cardeal 

The seminar aims at developing master theses focused on the study of the internationalization of small and medium companies in certain industries relevant in the Portuguese economy. We want to study what specific industries can do better to promote themselves abroad. Every edition we suggested two or more industries to be analyzed, as an example (but not one you need to choose), we describe reasons to analyze the Wine Industry.

Marketing and Hedonic Experiences

Prof. João Niza Braga 

This seminar examines research on how consumers represent their hedonic experiences and how these representations guide consumer decisions and social interactions in the marketplace, but also in organizational contexts. Finally, we explore how this research can build insights for marketers or managers.

New Product Innovation

Prof. Miguel Rita

Either being an entrepreneur or working in the marketing department of a company, product or service innovation plays a pivotal role in your success. Behind each product or service launch, there is a number of decisions to be made - from developing the initial insight, to formulating alternative paths and marketing mixes, until the culmination of the process – the launch itself.  These decisions are largely unseen by the final consumer, but they remain a fundamental part of the value creation process in modern marketing.

New Service Innovation

Prof. Inês Mendonça 

Health is defined holistically as a whole state of well-being involving physical, social, mental, and spiritual health. Not only consumers have access to detailed information about their own health, they hold their health data and perform a main role in making decisions about their health and well-being. Today, wearable devices that track our heart rate, sleep patterns, and just as our steps have been merged into our lives. We expect this tendency to accelerate. How will technology help enhance well-being? How do we anticipate current players to adjust? How will medtech companies adjust as connected devices transform health care? What are the impacts of the future of health? 

Optimal Decision Making

Prof. Cristina Mendonça; Prof. Filipa Almeida 

Every day we make decisions, yet we typically do not think or reflect much about them. If we were to scrutinize every single decision we make, we would make little else. Thus, some decisions are best left unscrutinised and just made quickly. However, everyone agrees that important decisions should be pondered upon and slow. This duality, according to Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist and Nobel laureate in economics, is at the core of decision making. This duality, according to many, is both efficient and error prone and is at the core of most of our irrationality. In this seminar we will study how one makes decisions in a domain of your interest and/or how to improve them.

Product Management in Consumer Packaged Goods

Prof. Paulo Romeiro 

Brand or Product Management is a crucial part of the marketing function in many Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Companies, having direct contact with advertising, promotion, and sales. These companies are selling more variations of products in more places to more types of customers against more competitors. Therefore, they are getting increasingly complex, and this compromise overall effectiveness and results. This seminar aims to help students prepare their MSc Dissertation in the area of CPG Brand or Product Management, with a focus on the effectiveness of promotions, packaging, and point of sale communications.

Responsible Business

Prof. Nuno Moreira da Cruz 

The need to act as Responsible Business (RB) is now a key element of most strategic agendas of Corporations and has now passed a point of no-return.  RB is certainly not a Fad, but an unstoppable Macro Trend and Corporations can no longer avoid the fact that their actions (and omissions) will have a scrutinized impact in markets where they operate, and relevant stakeholders will hold them responsible for it. Factors like globalization, communication technology, rising awareness of consumers, citizens, local communities, high profile breaches of Corporate Ethics, have all led to a place where leaders can no longer act without taking in consideration an holistic approach to Responsible Business (that includes economic, environmental and social sustainability). In the future, companies’ success will depend on the ability to deal with these issues, and profitability will only be consistently achieved when demands of key Stakeholders are more balanced. A new source of competitive advantage is on the rise. 

Retail analytics in a Data-driven Start-up

Prof. Joren Gijsbrechts; Prof. Laura Wagner 

Do you want to gain experience in a real-life start-up founded by business engineer and 4 year Googler Kimia Namadchi? This seminar is aimed at students who are keen to work with a start-up that is trying to digitize their business model. The aim of the start-up, called Lingerie in a Box, is to (a) digitize their business to reach customers worldwide and (b) replace expert knowledge with recommendations based on machine learning algorithms.

   

Social Responsibility and Perceived Trust: Companies, Consumers and Stakeholders

Prof. Sérgio Moreira

Contemporary society have become more and more aware that purchasable goods have inherent social value – Are the company workers provided with good working and salary conditions? Are provided the goods environmentally sustainable? Are companies compensating any negative impacts of operation in local communities? These are some of the questions that social groups, from governments to consumers, have been recurrently asking and that, consequently, companies have been effortfully working to address. It is assumed that these social responsibility practices will be well received by consumers, improving brand trust, perceived fairness, brand attitudes and, ultimately, consumption behaviors. But is it actually the case? Does Social Responsibility work in the benefit of companies, consumers and stakeholders, or it wishful thinking?

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Prof. Laure Leglise

Expectations from various stakeholders towards more sustainable production and consumption modes are hitting all sectors but are particularly intense in the food industry. Factors driving the sustainability movement in this industry are many: new aspiration from consumers to eat healthier, growing demand for actions to fight climate change, awareness of the natural resources consumption and of the environmental degradation caused by the global food production (gas emissions, water use and biodiversity), demographics exacerbating the negative impact of the food industry, etc. The food industry is thus facing growing demands for change. At a time when many governments are committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 and the US are intending to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the pressure on the food industry is only going to increase.    

The Future of Food

Prof. Cláudia Costa

A recent study estimates that applying circular economy principles across the EU economy has the potential to increase EU GDP by an additional 0.5% by 2030 creating around 700 000 new jobs (Cambridge Econometrics et al., 2018). There is a clear business case for companies. Manufacturing spend on average about 40% on materials, while 30% of food is wasted (FAO, 2017). Closed loop models can increase business profitability, while sheltering them from resource price fluctuations. For citizens, the circular economy will provide high quality, functional and safe products, which are efficient and affordable, last longer and are designed for reuse, repair, and high-quality recycling. At the same a circular economy which is sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and just can help our economies to function within the boundaries of our planet by restoring natural systems, reducing GHG emissions and minimizing loss of natural capital and biodiversity.

The Value of Co-Created Products

Prof. Cláudia Costa

In the interest of developing new products that meet customers’ needs in a superior way, companies are increasingly involving consumers in their innovation process. Nike, Lego, Starbucks, BMW have turned to their user base in search of added value. This new value creation has been labeled as co-creation and its benefits have been well established in the literature (Schreier et al., 2012). A more intriguing perspective is to understand how observing consumers (those that buy the product but do not participate in the co-creation process) perceive the outcome of the process (Nishikawa et al., 2017).

Tourism Marketing

Prof. Helena Rodrigues 

Every industry faces new trends and challenges! The tourism industry is no exception as coronavirus infections continue to rise all over the world, countries also face serious threats for their visitors. New trends in tourism appear and are taking hold since the beginning of this new decade. Changing demographics, advances in technology, closed borders, grounded airplanes and shifting social mores. These influences give rise to important new tourism trends and this seminar aims to find new tourism trends to watch.    

Workplace interpersonal relationships

Prof. Jingxian Yao

This seminar will provide an overview of organizational research on workplace interpersonal relationships, with a focus on (1) the general benefits and functions of interpersonal relationships, (2) the research gap and opportunity on the unintended negative consequences of seemingly positive interpersonal relationships and behaviors, (3) workplace mistreatment-related topics, and (4) newly arising topics such as workplace gossip and discrete emotions (e.g., envy, compassion, schadenfreude, authenticity).    

 

 

Open to students from the MSc in Business, International MSc in Management (all majors), and MSc in Management (both specializations).

 

Building Sustainable Hybrid Organizations – Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Prof. Marta Bicho 

Hybrid organizations are a growing sector that offers goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, and sustainable living. One of the challenges these enterprises face is the limbo between the social and financial goals. This hybrid nature might not be completely clear to and understood by society. Additionally, hybrid organizations face higher skepticism from various stakeholders due to their dual identity and category cross-over. Moreover, in a pandemic situation like the one we’re living, organizations need to re-think their purpose and align their business with external needs. For hybrid organizations to be successful, it is important to understand what are the relevant strategies and marketing responses at their disposal to be effective in the marketplace. It is also relevant to address what stakeholders think regarding hybrid organizations. Thus, what is the current state of enterprises with hybrid/sustainable motives? What can we expect in the future from these organizations and their leaders?

Business Adaptive Strategies in Crisis

Prof. Ricardo Reis; Prof. Nuno Cardeal 

During moments of severe economic or social crisis many companies have to adapt significantly to new markets and different operational conditions. The adaptive exercise of these venture is one of the most demanding strategic creative endeavors a manager has to embark in. Many are successful and striving businesses emerge from these processes. We want to take advantage of the current massive economic crisis and discover examples of firms, industries, products, services, institutions that changed their strategies adapting to this new reality. We are not limiting the scope to local companies, though Portuguese companies were subjected to intense economic crises within the last decade, which makes the country a particularly interesting laboratory to study this topic.

Business Strategy Case Studies

Prof. Nuno Guedes 

This workshop aims to help students to write their thesis around the development of a teaching case on business strategy. The emphasis of this workshop will be on implementation issues of strategic concepts. Students will be encouraged to explore situations in which companies have faced operational problems and dilemmas resulting from strategic decisions.

Case Studies in Luxury, Fashion and Other Creative Industries

Prof. Laure Leglise 

Companies in the luxury industry, the fashion industry and other creative industries (such as publishing, architecture, film making and production,...) make students and workers dream, inspire consumers, while high margins in luxury attract investors. However, these industries face nowadays several challenges such as: the digitalization movement, pressures for sustainability, the growing importance of Asian markets and pressures of investors to be more profitable. This seminar focuses on these industries and the challenges they face.

Competitive Advantage

Prof. Peter Rajsingh  

This Seminar engages with a fundamental notion in business and strategy – competitive advantage (CA). Students will define a topic in some domain and drill down to discover drivers of competitive positioning, their nature and durability. This plays out against the background of Schumpeter’s insight that “creative destruction” is the major dynamic defining competitive capitalism. 

Consulting for Startups

Prof. Rute Xavier 

This course is an opportunity to make a difference in the early stages of a startup’s life. Students will be challenged to cover a 360º view of a new business or a business idea to be set up.

Consulting Project

Prof. Rute Xavier 

This course aims to help students complete a consulting project in a real world corporation.

Digital and Sustainable Business Models

Prof. Claudia Antunes Marante; Prof. René Bohnsack

This seminar is suitable for students that would like to write a more academic thesis. Students will work on topics all focusing on the emergence of new business models in the context of digitalization, urban and industrial transformation, and smart cities.

Digital Transformation

Prof. André Pinho 

This seminar intends to dive deep into what makes a digital transformation successful for businesses. It is ideal for students who wish to develop a full understanding of how the digital leaders of today became so, and what levers to pull to transform a company into a digital leader of tomorrow.

Health and Well-being: innovation and impact on personal choice

Prof. João Niza Braga

This seminar will thus study the processes underlying consumers’ judgements and decisions about health and well-being related products and services in different social and health contexts. This seminar will put a particular emphasis on how these decisions are impacted by technological advances and medical innovation as well as by consumers’ and companies’ growing concerns with the ethical and sustainable aspects of the well-being and health industries.

Healthcare: Innovation and Transformation

Prof. Henrique Martins 

Healthcare already needed change, due to high pressure of aging and raising costs. After COVID-19 change is unavoidable. The question that remains is: WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? Digital Healthcare Systems concept is that of rethinking healthcare as digital first. It means significant innovation is needed and healthcare transformation. The HIT Seminar and the thesis will revolve around this new concept. Preventive, paperless, empowering, personalized, and accountable. Digital healthcare strengths lay not in technology but rather that digital technology will be present in processes, professionals and people, in ways such that everyone can be a healthcare creator. 

Internationalization: Small and Medium Businesses

Prof. Ricardo Reis; Prof. Nuno Cardeal 

The seminar aims at developing master theses focused on the study of the internationalization of small and medium companies in certain industries relevant in the Portuguese economy. We want to study what specific industries can do better to promote themselves abroad. Every edition we suggested two or more industries to be analyzed, as an example (but not one you need to choose), we describe reasons to analyze the Wine Industry.

New Business Opportunities

Prof. Rute Xavier 

This seminar aims to help students developing their own concrete business idea. It is adequate for students who have a business idea and want to launch it. It is mandatory students have a concrete idea for a business venture, and it is supposed they are advanced in their thinking development before starting the seminar.

New Product Innovation

Prof. Miguel Rita 

Either being an entrepreneur or working in the marketing department of a company, product or service innovation plays a pivotal role in your success. Behind each product or service launch, there is a number of decisions to be made - from developing the initial insight, to formulating alternative paths and marketing mixes, until the culmination of the process – the launch itself.  These decisions are largely unseen by the final consumer, but they remain a fundamental part of the value creation process in modern marketing.

New Service Innovation

Prof. Inês Mendonça 

Health is defined holistically as a whole state of well-being involving physical, social, mental, and spiritual health. Not only consumers have access to detailed information about their own health, they hold their health data and perform a main role in making decisions about their health and well-being. Today, wearable devices that track our heart rate, sleep patterns, and just as our steps have been merged into our lives. We expect this tendency to accelerate. How will technology help enhance well-being? How do we anticipate current players to adjust? How will medtech companies adjust as connected devices transform health care? What are the impacts of the future of health?

Optimal Decision Making

Prof. Cristina Mendonça; Prof. Filipa Almeida 

Every day we make decisions, yet we typically do not think or reflect much about them. If we were to scrutinize every single decision we make, we would make little else. Thus, some decisions are best left unscrutinised and just made quickly. However, everyone agrees that important decisions should be pondered upon and slow. This duality, according to Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist and Nobel laureate in economics, is at the core of decision making. This duality, according to many, is both efficient and error prone and is at the core of most of our irrationality. In this seminar we will study how one makes decisions in a domain of your interest and/or how to improve them.

Responsible Business

Prof. Nuno Moreira da Cruz  

The need to act as Responsible Business (RB) is now a key element of most strategic agendas of Corporations and has now passed a point of no-return.  RB is certainly not a Fad, but an unstoppable Macro Trend and Corporations can no longer avoid the fact that their actions (and omissions) will have a scrutinized impact in markets where they operate, and relevant stakeholders will hold them responsible for it. Factors like globalization, communication technology, rising awareness of consumers, citizens, local communities, high profile breaches of Corporate Ethics, have all led to a place where leaders can no longer act without taking in consideration an holistic approach to Responsible Business. In the future, companies’ success will depend on the ability to deal with these issues, and profitability will only be consistently achieved when demands of key Stakeholders are more balanced. A new source of competitive advantage is on the rise.

Retail analytics in a Data-driven Start-up

Prof. Joren Gijsbrechts; Prof. Laura Wagner 

Do you want to gain experience in a real-life start-up founded by business engineer and 4 year Googler Kimia Namadchi? This seminar is aimed at students who are keen to work with a start-up that is trying to digitize their business model. The aim of the start-up, called Lingerie in a Box, is to (a) digitize their business to reach customers worldwide and (b) replace expert knowledge with recommendations based on machine learning algorithms.

Social Responsibility and Perceived Trust: Companies, Consumers and Stakeholders

Prof. Sérgio Moreira 

Contemporary society have become more and more aware that purchasable goods have inherent social value – Are the company workers provided with good working and salary conditions? Are provided the goods environmentally sustainable? Are companies compensating any negative impacts of operation in local communities? These are some of the questions that social groups, from governments to consumers, have been recurrently asking and that, consequently, companies have been effortfully working to address. It is assumed that these social responsibility practices will be well received by consumers, improving brand trust, perceived fairness, brand attitudes and, ultimately, consumption behaviors. But is it actually the case? Does Social Responsibility work in the benefit of companies, consumers and stakeholders, or it wishful thinking?

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Prof. Laure Leglise 

Expectations from various stakeholders towards more sustainable production and consumption modes are hitting all sectors but are particularly intense in the food industry. Factors driving the sustainability movement in this industry are many: new aspiration from consumers to eat healthier, growing demand for actions to fight climate change, awareness of the natural resources consumption and of the environmental degradation caused by the global food production (gas emissions, water use and biodiversity), demographics exacerbating the negative impact of the food industry, etc. The food industry is thus facing growing demands for change. At a time when many governments are committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 and the US are intending to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the pressure on the food industry is only going to increase.

The Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Prof. Cláudia Costa

This seminar aims to give students insights on major issues facing initial stages of entrepreneurial ventures. A good idea is just the beginning of the entrepreneurial journey. Key to the venture is the entrepreneur ability to turn that idea in a compelling business proposition that conquers customers, partners and investors into that journey. The birth of the entrepreneurial venture requires a combination of analytical capabilities, determinations and passion. This seminar focuses on understanding how entrepreneurs can turn ideas and opportunities into a business.

The Future of Food

Prof. Cláudia Costa 

A recent study estimates that applying circular economy principles across the EU economy has the potential to increase EU GDP by an additional 0.5% by 2030 creating around 700 000 new jobs (Cambridge Econometrics et al., 2018). There is a clear business case for companies. Manufacturing spend on average about 40% on materials, while 30% of food is wasted (FAO, 2017). Closed loop models can increase business profitability, while sheltering them from resource price fluctuations. For citizens, the circular economy will provide high quality, functional and safe products, which are efficient and affordable, last longer and are designed for reuse, repair, and high-quality recycling. At the same a circular economy which is sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and just can help our economies to function within the boundaries of our planet by restoring natural systems, reducing GHG emissions and minimizing loss of natural capital and biodiversity.

The Future of Industries

Prof. Peter Rajsingh

This seminar is ideal for those wishing to develop the capacity to identify disruptors, assess their impact on business models and stakeholders, and postulate how an industry will be reshaped as a result. For instance, strategy students might propose how an industry might be transformed once a new player takes the lead in the industry; entrepreneurship students might propose how a new player will displace incumbent companies; finance students might locate a new domain for generating alpha in an emerging asset class.

The Value of Co-Created Products

Prof. Cláudia Costa 

In the interest of developing new products that meet customers’ needs in a superior way, companies are increasingly involving consumers in their innovation process. Nike, Lego, Starbucks, BMW have turned to their user base in search of added value. This new value creation has been labeled as co-creation and its benefits have been well established in the literature (Schreier et al., 2012). A more intriguing perspective is to understand how observing consumers (those that buy the product but do not participate in the co-creation process) perceive the outcome of the process (Nishikawa et al., 2017).

Entrepreneurial Engagements and Opportunities

Prof. José Vaconcelos

This seminar will approach all topics related to entrepreneurship and will encompass all thesis formats: 1.- industry-specific projects – such as fintech, accelerators, crowdfunding, or other student-proposed topics; 2 - pedagogical contribution projects – such as teaching entrepreneurship, case development, or other student-proposed topics; and 3 - academic research in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

Workplace interpersonal relationships

Prof. Jingxian Yao 

This seminar will provide an overview of organizational research on workplace interpersonal relationships, with a focus on (1) the general benefits and functions of interpersonal relationships, (2) the research gap and opportunity on the unintended negative consequences of seemingly positive interpersonal relationships and behaviors, (3) workplace mistreatment-related topics, and (4) newly arising topics such as workplace gossip and discrete emotions (e.g., envy, compassion, schadenfreude, authenticity).

When Business Gets Political

Prof. Omar El Nayal

The objective of this seminar is to shed light on the dynamic and exciting intersection between business, politics, and society, and in particular the corporate consequences of “getting political”.

 

 

Applied Economics

Prof. TBD

The objective of this course is to show how micro data combined with quantitative methods can be used to look at inequality to answer long-standing questions in economics and improve public policies. 

Equity Valuation

Prof. José Tudela Martins

This workshop aims to provide an overview of equity valuation methodologies, offering a set of skills that will allow students to work in the “investment advising” community.

Empirical Banking and Financial Institutions Management

Prof. Diptes Bhimjee

The Dissertation Seminar addresses how banking risks can be properly measured, managed, and regulated. Moreover, BASEL III and Stress Testing procedures are also described, allowing students to conduct a fully integrated review of banking risks in their Dissertations.

Empirical Analysis on Financial Institutions and Markets

Prof. Carla Soares 

How do decisions taken by policymakers influence the financing of firms and households? Policy decisions are transmitted to the economy via several channels, some of which work through financial markets and institutions. Both monetary and regulatory policies have strong effects on institutions' incentives and market pricing. The last decade has been proliferated in policy measures aimed at containing the effects of the crisis and in the revision of regulation aimed at providing a more stable and robust financial system. In this seminar, students can choose a specific policy event/measure and assess its effects. This will allow students both to identify relevant policy events and how to properly evaluate the channels through which the effects are transmitted to either markets or institutions. 

Financing Decisions and Credit Risk

Prof. Mário Meira

This workshop guides students in their dissertation on topics related to Financing Decisions and Credit risk. The main goal is to help students relate firms’ financing decisions, such as increase or decrease of leverage and equity, with firms that present different levels of credit risk. It is crucial for a financial manager and a financial analyst to be able to understand how firms behave when their perceived credit risk changes, and how financial markets react to such events. These analyses are done using big data sets created by students combined with econometric and statistical tools. For this effect, candidates should feel comfortable using statistical and econometric software like Stata or Python.

Markets and investments

Prof. Eva Schliephake 

Working on the thesis requires students to acquire the knowledge of a specific area through a thorough literature review, understand the relevant available tools and methodology, deal with data and its limitations, perform statistical and economic analysis, interpret the numerical results and relate them to existing literature, and deriving policy recommendations. The empirical work requires the use of large databases. The databases are readily accessible for affiliates. The candidates should feel comfortable with the use of a statistical software program and econometric methods.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Prof. António Borges de Assunção

This workshop will provide an overview of the main equity valuation methodologies and the use of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) to perform corporate reorganizations and increase shareholder value, presenting a toolset that will allow students to work in the “investments / financial advisory” community. There will be a strong conceptual approach based on academic papers. We will also discuss why and how M&A transactions take place, their role in the economy, and how they perform from the perspective of the shareholders and other stakeholders. In addition, in some sessions, we will discuss a current /” real world” transaction which should help to provide further illustration of the relevant ideas covered in the workshop.

Venture Capital Investments

Prof. Fatima Shuwaikh 

One external means for equity financing, economic growth, and innovation are venture capital investments, which have become highly influential in the funding of entrepreneurial companies. To back their growth, entrepreneurial companies have commonly directed to venture capitalists, who often provide expertise in setting new ventures into successes, good hands-on help, and money. This seminar outlines the concept of corporate venture capital (CVC) from two main aspects: the perspective of entrepreneurial companies and the perspective of established firms (investors), focusing on the investment-related issues in the CVC program. 

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Independent Process

If a student chooses the Independent process route, they are responsible for determining the topic or topics of interest and finding a CATÓLICA-LISBON professor that is willing to serve as an advisor on that topic or is willing to propose an alternative topic. The student is also responsible to ensure the communication with the advisor and the setting of goals and drafts delivery dates. As such Master's students should only follow an independent process in exceptional circumstances. 

Additionally, students often found it difficult to find a suitable faculty member that is both an expert in the area a student wants to work in and also has the time to supervise individual students. In most cases, faculty members are already fully committed in terms of their academic duties. 

The CATÓLICA-LISBON faculty members list can be found on our website, link HERE.

In order to apply for an Independent Process, the students must prepare a dissertation proposal using the recommended template HERE, and submit it to the Master Affairs department utilizing the registration form (found below).

The document must be signed by the student and the advisor and delivered by the deadline. Please keep in mind that you also need to submit the advisor's written consent (example: the email transcript saved in PDF format). 

The Academic Director will then review your proposal and approve or not approve your document. Students will be receiving this information by email.

For the Independent Process deadlines and other relevant dates, please click HERE.

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Your independent process proposal can be submitted through the following link HERE.

Supervisor's Role

It is important to meet early with your supervisor to clarify the objectives and methods of the proposed dissertation, and to agree on a timetable for future deadlines and meetings. If a student is not enrolled in a dissertation seminar, he or she should take the initiative to arrange this and other meetings.

Your supervisor will comment on your ideas, suggest readings, and advise you on major challenges. Your supervisor is not expected to provide you with a list of all required readings. Your supervisor will normally comment on a close-to-final draft.

The role of the supervisor is to guide you through the process, answer questions, and provide advice and expertise, and not to edit, revise, or write any part of your dissertation. At the same time ensuring that the dissertation will be mainly based on your own work and ideas. It is up to you to implement the suggestions you receive.

The quality of the dissertation is defined not only by its content but also by the way the content is presented and communicated. It is your responsibility to assure the quality of your written communication.

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