Management Themes
Cod: 62120
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Management
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This curricular unit (CU) aims to provide the most updated knowledge and information on Management Trends and its implications for Management Practices. Trends considered will be those that show the most potential to change traditional management principles and techniques. The chosen Methodology (Conferences or Seminars) using, as much as possible, the national and international experts that are a reference on each of the chosen topics, is seen as an important step towards the internationalization of this Master course, opening students’ views on each of the subjects. The following promotion of pedagogical activities, echoing each event’s lessons and learnings will be done in order to promote critical thinking and debate, in a problem solving perspective. This is considered very important for the development of the student’s soft skills, reinforcing knowledge acquired in other Curricular Units.
The discipline’s update is guaranteed yearly with the choice of themes under debate, and the adequate promotion of a strategic vision about all and every one of the topics discussed.

Management; Strategy; Digital Transformation; VUCA World
Management Trends
Industry Trends
IT Impacts

• Development of critical thinking and capacity to reflect about the new management trends
• Development of a strategic vision about business
• Capacity to analyse, under a logic of problem solving about the potential impact of management trends for the present knowledge on Management
• Promoting the internationalization of learning and network development for scientific knowledge (international networks) from and to the students.

The use of the methodology of a Seminar, themes under debate will vary yearly, and will be adapted to the main trends that affect the world of management. As so, there is no fixed program for this Curricular Unit. Within this discipline, we will try to bring to discussion the most recent management trends, that must complement the traditional themes discussed in the different management disciplines of this Master course. This must make our students aware of the last management trends and wake up on them the capacity to question and analyse the possible implications of these trends on management practices and techniques.
Example of the main themes that will be discussed are:
• Digital Transformation
• Global and Regional Value Chains
• BlockChain
• Artificial Intelligence
• Data Analytics
• Management and industry Trends
• Etc…

To be indicated, according to the themes under debate, and to be proposed by the experts involved.


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Contract of the course unit.

Additional study materials will be available on the e-learning platform.