2016 (1st Edition)


Course Coordinators:

Almiro de Oliveira

Mário Caldeira

Mário Romão


Organized by: ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management (Universidade de Lisboa)

In partnership with the







Information Systems (IS) are fundamental for the support of operational, tactical, and strategic activities, as well as Competitiveness, Sustainability and Organisational Development, and therefore top-management should not ignore or underestimate the impacts of IS in these areas, neither in the objectives of for-profit and non-profit organisations.

It should be added that organisations nowadays (increasingly IBOs) face a wide range of external threats via their IS (which are increasingly protected by sophisticated Information and Communication Technologies), which include fraud, cybercrime, errors and omissions.   

In this way, IS have not only become a critical success factor for organizations’ day-to-day operations, but are also a crucial element for the achievement and improvement of their competitive advantages and for the creation of business value.

At the same time, the growing complexity and scope of IS has led to the need for large and repeated investments, which are imperative in order to GOVERN, in the light of the same concerns and technical rigor that are required for the other economic resources used in organisations, namely by making it clear what are the relative aggregate economic and financial costs of equipment and logical solutions, as well as that of IS/IT systems. Equally important are The Total Cost of the Information System, as well as information regarding revenue, benefits obtained, and the performance achieved with the use of modern IS.

If also the increasingly-common operational and systemic risks facing organisations nowadays are added to this factor, this easily explains the inexorable need for an effective and efficient approach to Governing these new environments.

Thus, this top executive course explores and describes some of these key approaches, concepts, methodologies, and best practices, and resorts to real case studies, focussing on those that have most contributed to a demanding, rigorous and deliberate IS GOVERNANCE , by inextricably integrating IS with the strategy process of organisations.


1.       To raise the awareness among the senior management in business and public administration of the critical importance of Information Systems for the competitiveness and sustainability of organizations;


2.       Identify and describe the pertinent issues involved and propose the implementation of IS Governance solutions which are aimed at the economic rationalisation of Information Systems resources and their effective and efficient utilization by organisations.

Target Market:

Members of the Board of Directors of well-known companies (medium and large), managing directors of companies and public administration, and also senior managers of large organisations.

The total number of participants cannot be more than 20.

Programme, Professors and Teaching Hours:




Information and Information Systems Governance

Almiro de Oliveira              


Corporate Governance: The Object and Content            

Pedro Rebelo de Sousa (IPCG - Portuguese Institute for Corporate Governance)     


Corporate Governance: Ethics, Self-regulation and Independence           

IPCG – Portuguese Institute for Corporate Governance (*)


Corporate Governance by Laws

CMVM - Portuguese Securities Market Commission (*)


Strategy, Business, and Resources

Vítor Conceição Gonçalves


Architecture and Urbanism of Information Systems

Pedro Anunciação               


COBIT and ITIL                           

Mário Romão


Enterprise Governance of IT

Steven De Haes


Cybersecurity and Information Systems Governance  

GNS/CNCSeg – National Agency for Cybersecurity (*)            


Performances and Management Control of IS/IT

Christophe Legrenzi            


ICT Trends: Big Data, Cloud, IoT and IoE

Mário Campolargo


Privacy and Confidentiality of Information

CNPD - Portuguese Data Protection Agency (*)


Benefits Management of IS/IT projects

Mário Caldeira


Politics for Information Systems and for Investments in Information Systems         

Almiro de Oliveira





(*) – Someone nominated by the entity, from the Board of Directors and/or a reputed Specialist from that entity


An Individual Assignment will be carried out (ITP - Project), to be submitted up to 3 months after finishing the lecture-based part of the course (Semester); the Final Grade (FG) will be calculated based on the following formula: FG = 0.8 ITP + 0.2 IA, where ITP is the grade assigned to the individual assignment, and IA is the assessment of the individual development of the participant/student; two or more absences from lectures results in the deduction of 1 point from the FG.

An Attendance Certificate and a Final Grade Diploma will be issued.


The 1st Edition of the course took place in 2016. Lectures were held on Wednesdays, from 14.00 to 19.00, preceded by lunch from 12.30 onwards.