Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel – Forward College
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Dr. Bernardo Melo Pimentel


Head of Economics | Teaching & Learning Coordinator

Dr. Bernardo de Melo Pimentel is the Head of Economics and Teaching and Learning coordinator for the Lisbon campus of Forward College. Bernardo holds a PhD in Management with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship from Nova SBE. He teaches undergraduate, master/executive, and doctoral level programmes at the University of Lisbon, Nova SBE, and Audencia Business School. Before joining Forward, Bernardo held Fellowships at Instituto Superior Técnico Politécnico de Leiria, and Vlerick Business School. Bernardo has co-authored two books and has research published in both Portuguese and international outlets. His most recent contributions study the attractiveness of symbolic capital in cultural organisations. Bernardo’s teaching approach emphasises the acquisition and consolidation of hard- and soft-skills through the development of critical thinking.

Bernardo joined Forward College in 2021 and has since taught Economics and Business Management at Forward’s Lisbon campus. 

Research Interests

  • Strategic Management 
  • Industrial Organisation 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Partnerships 

Current Teaching

  • EC1002: Introduction to Economics
  • MN1178: Business and Management in Global Context
  • Principles of Management (Nova SBE)
  • Strategic Management Insights (Nova SBE)
  • Entrepreneurship (ISEG Lisbon)
  • Strategic Alliances, Mergers, and Acquisitions (Audencia Business School)
  • International Business Environment (Audencia Business School)
  • International Business Strategy (Audencia Business School)

Selected Publications

  • Books 

Lopes, J.D., Pimentel, B.M., & Soares, J.M. (2020). Manual de Gestão da Produção e Operações: Teoria e Casos Práticos, Lisboa: Escolar Editora. ISBN: 978-972-592-562-1.

  • Peer-Reviewed Articles

Shymko, Y., Roulet, T. & Pimentel, B.M. (2022). The Rules of Attraction: The Evaluative Benefits of Corporate Philanthropy and the Selection of Recipient Cultural Organizations. forthcoming in Organization Science. doi: https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2022.1603 

Belchior, R. & Pimentel, B.M. (2022) Making the Case for Entrepreneur’s Starting Age as a Relevant Variable for Economic Growth. Political Economy – Development: Domestic Development Strategies Journal 42(10) 142-168. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4173021  

  • Short Articles 

Pimentel, B.M. & R. Hunter, Guillermo. (2021) Sustainable Finance and its Sustainability. ESCP Impact Papers 2(1), 131-146. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3884907 

Pimentel, B.M. & R Hunter, G. (2021), Sustainable Finance and its Sustainability. ESCP Impact Papers 3(1), 211-218. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3884907

  • Conference Presentations, Participation, and Invited Talks (last five years)

2022: CJBS Research seminar, Cambridge – UK

2021: 13th RBTUR Workshop, São Paulo – Brazil; 1st EJMS Annual Meeting, Lisbon – Portugal

2019: ISEG Advance Seminars, Lisbon – Portugal; USI Seminars, Lugano – Switzerland

2018: Audencia Research Seminars, Nantes – France; BdP Exchange, Lisbon – Portugal

2017 SMS Special Conference, Milan – Italy; JMS Special Issue Workshop, Boulder, CO – USA; LEED 2017 Workshop, Coimbra – Portugal; AoM Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA – USA; SMS Annual Conference, Houston, TX – USA