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Event at Nova SBE discusses Paradoxes within the Healthcare system

The 5th edition of the Paradox & Plurality Annual Meeting will discuss organizational and societal problems around the Healthcare sector, from a paradoxical perspective. The debate will focus on contributing to the ESG 3 agenda, which aims to guarantee Quality Health to the entire population. The event, which is annually organized by the Amélia de Mello Foundation (FAM), the Center for Paradox and Organization and the European Forum for Paradox and Pluralism (EUFFORP) will be held on November 17 at the Nova School of Business and Economics.

Renowned international presence

The first Keynote will be presented by researcher and professor at the University of St.Gallen, Harald Tuckermann, who is an expert in hospital management, managerial innovation and strategic change. The second session will be with researcher and professor at the University of Delaware, Wendy Smith, whose area of ​​expertise is organizational behavior, strategic paradoxes and leadership.

Practitioners sharing insights Presentations will follow focusing on projects from Patient Innovation and the Nova SBE's Health Management Knowledge Center. Pedro Pita Barros will share his analysis on current challenges of the portuguese healthcare system and the session will close with a practitioners roundtable from CUF, Medronics and Fundação Champalimaud.

About the Event: Paradox and Healthcare

Paradox refers to opposite forces that mutually define one another and persist over time. The fact that organizational and societal issues contain paradoxical features is the point of departure of our debates, our mission consisting in the use of scholarly research on paradox to inform debate and facilitate performance and progress. This year's edition aims to contribute to ESG 3, which provides for ensuring access to quality health care and promoting well-being for all, at all ages. Is not news that the world health system still needs more attention from governments, companies and civil society. According to the UN, half of the world's population does not have access to health services and 100 million people are pushed into poverty due to health costs.

Secure your spot and be part of the change with us!

Registration for the event is now open and can be done here.


1 pm: Welcome Lunch

2:00 pm: Opening (Miguel Pina e Cunha, Nova SBE)

2:10 pm: Keynote: Harald Tuckermann - Harald Tuckermann | Executive School HSG (

3:10 pm: Keynote: Wendy Smith - Wendy Smith | Lerner (

4:10 pm: coffee break

4:30 pm: Patient Innovation – Pedro Oliveira

5:30 pm: Health Economics Knowledge Center – Filipa Breia da Fonseca e António Rendas (30´) and Pedro Pita Barros (30`)

6:30 pm: Practitioners roundtable (30´) - to be confirmed

7:00 pm: Closing - Miguel Pina e Cunha

7:10 pm: Closing Cocktail

More information about Paradoxes

More information about Paradoxes and events on the subject can be found on the website


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