Since its inception in 1997, the goals of the CATÓLICA-LISBON Research Unit have been to establish an internationally recognized center of research excellence in management and economics and to increase the quantity and the quality of publications in top academic journals. CUBE has always been awarded the highest rank (EXCELLENT) by the panel of international experts in the previous assessments by FCT and according with the 2014 evaluation is the best research unit in the social sciences in Portugal, with a final score of 24,5 out of 25.
CUBE currently includes 55 members with a PhD (84% completed their PhD abroad, and 38% are non-Portuguese). All CUBE members are professors and researchers focused on publishing high impact research in top journals. Most work with co-authors from top universities around the world. The research topics addressed by CUBE members cover almost every branch of economics and business.
CUBE is organized into nine main research areas:
- Macroeconomics and Economic Policy;
- Microeconomic Theory and Applications;
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management;
- Marketing and Consumer Behavior;
- Operations and Information Management;
- Entrepreneurship, Technology & Innovation Management;
Research is also organized around three thematic strands:
- Business Ethics;
- Behavioral Research.
The researchers bridge several of the above groups. Each research group and thematic strand has its own PI.
Since 2004, the unit has been actively hiring newly-minted PhDs from top research universities in Europe and North America for tenure-track positions. The school interviews candidates each year at top international conferences (e.g. Academy of Management, American Marketing Association, American Economic Association). In competition with the best international business schools, high potential researchers have been hired from MIT (Macroeconomics), Washington University, St. Louis (Marketing, Macroeconomics), Bocconi University (Strategy), Tilburg University (Finance, Marketing), London School of Economics (Finance), and University of Arizona (Marketing). The unit now includes researchers of 12 nationalities coming from countries as diverse as Italy, France, Brazil, Canada, Iran, Germany, Turkey, Finland and USA. High standards for promotion and tenure are maintained using a points-system for journal publications that sets minimum requirements.
Using its own funds, CUBE financially rewards its members generously for each A-journal publication and more modestly for B-journal publications. In partnership with Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and Carnegie Mellon University, in 2007 CATÓLICA-LISBON launched a unique interdisciplinary Doctoral Program focused on technology and entrepreneurship, open to participants from a variety of engineering and social science disciplines. Since 2009, 11 CUBE members have benefitted from opportunities to visit MIT Sloan or Carnegie Mellon University for periods of 2-6 months, in order to advance their research using resources and faculty from a top American research school.
CUBE's strategic project has received funding from the FCT - "Foundation for Science and Technology"