Unit Overview

Unit Overview

Founded in 1994, the Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL or UNIDE-IUL in its Portuguese designation) is a multidisciplinary research center of the ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa whose scope spans various Business areas. Researchers are mainly faculty from the ISCTE Business School (IBS), accredited by AMBA and AACSB, and ranked in the Financial Times European Business Schools ranking, as well as in the Times Higher Education ranking. 


BRU-IUL is accredited by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the National Research Agency. Research is funded by FCT core funding, by international and national competitive research grants, as well as by other research contracts with public and private entities. 


The main goal of BRU-IUL is to promote research at the highest international standards, namely via our 3 interweaving pillars:


Excellence in Research by improving sound research in core Business areas that further advances the international scientific literature
World-class Ph.D. programmes able to attract promising national and international students
Engaging with society by developing solutions for specific for corporate and societal challenges


BRU-IUL currently has a total of 126 members of 10 different nationalities. The Unit counts with 109 PhD holders, 57 integrated membersand 52 associated members, of which approximately one third completed their PhD or Post-doctoral training in renowned international universities. BRU-IUL has 12 research assistants, and is supported by 5 administrative staff members.


BRU-IUL is organised in 5 research groups
Accounting, Marketing & Management
Data Analytics
Organization Behaviour & Human Resources


At present, BRU-IUL runs 4 accredited doctoral programmes, totally taught in English, enrolling 80 students annually of several nationalities:


Management with 6 specialisations     Accounting
Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
Operations Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Quantitative Methods applied to Management
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), partly in collaboration with Chinese Universities


Additionally, in association with Universidade Europeia, BRU-IUL runs a PhD Programme in Tourism Management.


Multidisciplinary research is encouraged within BRU-IUL as a key strength that builds in-house knowledge across several disciplines and leverages the academic programmes, as well as corporate and industry relations. The Unit believes its strength relies on its diversity, united by the common goal of improving managerial and policy-level decision-making.