Milton Sousa

Associate Professor
Nova School of Business and Economics

Milton Sousa is Associate Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. He held the positions of Associate Dean for Institutional Relations and International Development and Academic Director of CEMS MIM at the school. Previously, he was Director of the MBA Programs at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He chaired 3 editions of the Estoril Conferences, a large international forum on globalization that gathers renowned world leaders from business, academia and public sector. In that quality he has worked with the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, NATO, and several world-class universities. In business, Milton founded Leaders2Be, an organization that he ran for 5 years offering leadership development programs. He worked in various innovation, research and management positions, including Royal Philips Electronics, and as a strategy and management consultant at Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação and the Hay Group. Milton is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topics of leadership and organizational behaviour in several universities and business schools, including numerous executive programmes with global corporations. His research interests include servant leadership, meaning, innovation, shared value and hybridity.

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Academic Background

PhD in Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

MBA with Distinction from the University of Bradford

Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto


Cunha, M. P. E., Clegg, S. R., Costa, C., Leite, A. P., Rego, A., Simpson, A. V., … & Sousa, M. (2017). Gemeinschaft in the midst of Gesellschaft? Love as an organizational virtue. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 14(1), 3-21.

Sousa, M., & van Dierendonck, D. (2017). Servant leaders as under-estimators: Theoretical and practical implications. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 38(2).

van Dierendonck, D., Sousa, M., Gunnarsdóttir, S, Bobbio, A., Hakanen, J., Pricher Verdorfer, A., Cihan Duyan, E., Rodriguez-Carvajal, R. (2017). The cross-cultural invariance of the Servant Leadership Survey: A comparative study across eight countries, Administrative Sciences (accepted)

van Dierendonck, D. & Sousa, M. (2016). Finding Meaning in Highly Uncertain Situations: Servant Leadership during Change. In Peus, C. (Ed.), Leadership Lessons from Compelling Contexts

Cunha, M. P., Rego, A., & Sousa, M. (2016). Como podem as organizações gerir paradoxos?. Análise Psicológica, 34(3), 309-323.

Sousa, M., & Van Dierendonck, D. (2015). Introducing a short measure of shared servant leadership impacting team performance through team behavioral integration. Frontiers in psychology, 6.

Sousa, M. & van Dierendonck, D. (2015). Servant Leadership and the Effect of the Interaction between Humility, Action and Hierarchical Power on Follower Engagement. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-13

Sousa, M. & van Dierendonck, D. (2014). Servant leadership and engagement in a merge process under high uncertainty. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27 (6) (Highly Commended Paper Award)

van Dierendonck, M. & de Sousa, M. (2013). A Shared Leadership Perspective on Servant Leadership, Leadership and Management (Symposium). EAWOP 2013, Münster

van Dierendonck, M. & Sousa, M. (2012). Servant Leadership: Providing Socially Responsible Pathways to Individual and Team Effectiveness. Academy of Management Symposium, Boston

Sousa, M. & van Dierendonck, D. (2010). Servant leadership and the Search for Meaning in Knowledge Driven Organizations, On The Horizon, 18(3) (Outstanding Paper Award)