ISCTE Business School Brings Us Together

Quidgest participated in “Bring Us Together 2013”, an initiative by ISCTE – International Business School. Carlos Marques, Country Manager of Quidgest´s Software Plant in Mozambique received ISCTE students and alumni at the National Museum of History for a Strategic Management workshop.

The workshop on the theme “Strategy + Leadership = Change” focused on the role of the Balanced Scorecard in defining business strategies. Carlos Marques presented the methodology of Norton and Kaplan, demonstrated Quidgest´s BSC software and explained how these tools can be useful in an era of Public Sector reforms and strategic alignment.
“Bring Us Together” is an annual recurring event of ISCTE and brings together ISCTE students and alumni localized worldwide to foster the relationship between fellow ISCTE alumni representatives of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Last year the initiative was held in Macau and celebrated at the same time the 20th anniversary of its first Master program in Macau in cooperation with the University of Macau.




Founders of the ICBS release their new book

José María Viedma and Maria do Rosário Cabrita, founders of the Intellectual Capital Benchmarking System (ICBS) methodology, release their new book “Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Knowledge Economy” on the 27th of November.

“Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Knowledge Economy” provides a comprehensive overview of the major changes, opportunities and emerging challenges of the knowledge economy. It will explain in more detail the critical factors leading to excellence as well as some theoretical and practical models of intellectual capital. It also includes several examples of the application of the ICBS methodology. ICBS is a method allowing companies to benchmark the current and future skills essential for good business performance. Furthermore, it contributes to the identification and strengthening of competitive advantages.

In order to implement ICBS in organizations and conduct a strategy check-up, the authors developed a management support tool in partnership with Quidgest. Overall, the software allows benchmarking core competencies against competitors operating in the same business sector, and identifying the specific competitive factors and criteria that are relevant in your business activity.

Both José Viedma and Maria do Rosário Cabrita consider “the element that differentiates ICBS from other intellectual capital models is the fact that “the best in class” global competitor is also considered, thus allowing benchmarking to be undertaken in a systematic and permanent way”.

For more information, please visit the official ICBS website: or contact us by e-mail: marketing[at]

About the authors

José M. Viedma Marti is Professor of Strategic Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He has held top executive positions in the software and consultancy industry. His field of research and practice focuses on the strategic perspective of knowledge management, intellectual capital and knowledge based-development. His international research has crystallized in practical methodologies such as ICBS, SCBS, CICBS and RICBS.

Maria do Rosário Cabrita holds a PhD in Business Management and is Professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Business School ISCTE and the Portuguese Banking Management School in Lisbon, Portugal. She also has held executive positions in international banks. Her current field of research focuses on intellectual capital, knowledge management and managing intangibles.

To enter in direct contact with the authors, please contact Dominique Korporaal by e-mail: dkorporaal[at]

Webinar “ICBS: Business Excellence through Human Capital” now online!

Last 27th of February Quidgest realized the webinar ICBS: Business Excellence through Human Capital presented by the founders of the ICBS (Intellectual Capital Benchmarking System) Professor José Viedma and Professor Rosário Cabrita.

You can download the webinar recording by following the link:

For more information about the methodology or tool developed in partnership with the authors of Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Knowledge Economy please visit the ICBS website or contact us by marketing[at]

About the authors


José M. Viedma Marti is Professor of Strategic Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He has held top executive positions in the software and consultancy industry, participated in numerous international conferences dedicated to knowledge and intellectual capital management, and currently is the president of the ICBS organization.


rosarioMaria do Rosário Cabrita is Professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Business School ISCTE and the Portuguese Banking Management School in Lisbon, Portugal. She is one of the authors of Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Knowledge Economy and many other articles about intellectual capital. She also has held executive positions in national and international banks, public entities and private companies.

Students of the University of Macau use Quidgest´s BSC

After opening an office in Macau, and in order to continue the internationalization process, Quidgest established a partnership with the University of Macau at the end of 2012.

The partnership allows the University to use freely Quidgest´s BSC system. Thus, students are able to complement their theoretical knowledge in regard to the Balanced Scorecard methodology.

On international level, the University of Flensburg, in Germany, was the first university that signed a similar agreement with Quidgest, followed by Leuphana University and Campus 02 University, Graz, headquartered in Germany and Austria respectively.

Satisfied with the results achieved so far, Quidgest plans to establish more partnerships with international universities, including in countries like the United States, Germany, Switzerland, El Salvador, among others.


Upcoming webinar: “How to retain employees” – Join us!

On the 10th of January 2013, 4:00 PM (UTC 8:00) Quidgest organizes a webinar covering the latest trends and best practices for retaining employees, and also includes an interactive Q&A session.

If you wish to participate in the webinar, please subscribe yourself by filling in this form.

We”ll send you the link to the webinar event once you are registered!

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About the speaker

Hugo Miguel Ribeiro, VP Business Development for America Ribeiro is one of our leading specialists when it comes to HR! He gained most of his knowledge and insight from projects he leaded as the Head of Human Resources at Quidgest (an Executive Master in Business Management and a Degree in Human Resources Management might also have helped!). As one of our international players, he has worked in/for half of the globe (e.g. China, East-Timor, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and the USA) and has traveled the other half.

Partnership in El Salvador

Nullam SA, a software development company in El Salvador, has become a representative of Quidgest in Central America. The two companies have collaborated to implement Quidgest´s Balanced Scorecard (BSC) at the Technical Secretariat of the presidency of El Salvador and have new projects in the pipeline.
Quidgest and Nullam signed a partnership agreement in early 2012 and since then, the company supported Quidgest establishing new contacts, including the Government of the Republic of El Salvador.
The Government of El Salvador chose Quidgest Balanced Scorecard to monitor and evaluate the implementation of its Five Year Development Plan. In addition, the solution will allow the Government to control and assess accomplishments as a result of the donations made by the Millennium Corporate Challenge. Both Quidgest and Nullam consider this strategic partnership as successful. Roberto Olivares, CTO of Nullam considers “Quidgest´s Balanced Scorecard a tool that can help institutions improve their profitability, with huge potential in the Latin American markets.” Regarding the geographical distance between the two companies Rosa Rodriguez, Business Developer at Quidgest, says the time zone difference has not caused any problem. “The use of the latest technologies facilitates communication and collaboration between the two organizations”, said Rosa Rodriguez.

Four Years of disruptive innovation in Mozambique

This July, Quidgest Software Plant celebrates 4 years of existence in Mozambique. From the beginning, the company is involved in activities stimulating modernisation and development of this country.

The software development company entered the market in 2008 and has a solid track record of designing and implementing smart and flexible IT solutions, including a Geo-referenced Information System for the Municipal Council of Maputo. This system has been developed in consortium with Quidgest´s headquarters, which was responsible for system implementation. The solution allows urban planning, territorial management, administration and recording of all related information. By opening an office in the capital, Quidgest was able to invest in local projects and provide solutions tailored to the requirements and the conditions of the Mozambican market. Maintaining established partnerships and investing in innovative technologies are the key objectives for the next few years. Furthermore, Quidgest Software Plant organizes seminars and conferences for organizations and enterprises in Mozambique, with topics such as Strategic Management, Geo-referenced Information Management System, and automating processes. Carlos Marques, Partner and Country Manager in Mozambique, states that “this market has a great potential, not only referring to language and law similarities, but also due the openness for new technologies”.

New partnership with ACOS marks international presence into the Scandinavian market

As part of its international strategy, Quidgest established a new partnership with Norwegian company ACOS, A.S. Both companies recently signed an agreement on joint development of new solutions as well as specific solutions for international projects.

ACOS develops and implements management systems, namely in the area of Document Management, children´s well-being and life quality, health care and social support. Headquartered in Bergen and with offices in Oslo e Stavanger, the company has a vast portfolio of clients in both private and public sector.
Quidgest´s strategic planning in the Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden and Denmark, includes the establishment of local partnerships in each country, sharing know-how on local development practices, and exploiting the potential offered by Quidgest´s Genio, an internationally recognized platform that enables rapid and effective automatic generation of software.

Quidgest wins project in Latin America

The Presidential Technical Secretary Office of the Republic of El Salvador decided to implement the Balanced Scorecard software developed by Quidgest. The IT-system will ensure monitoring and evaluation of the five-years plan for the country´s development, as well as the execution of funds provided by the agency Millenium Corporate Challenge.

The five-years plan consists of political activities and projects that the government of El Salvador wants to implement in order to improve the country´s economical development. Therefore, BSC Quidgest will be a very important tool in order to ensure a constant monitoring and achievement of the strategic objectives defined by the plan.
“The implementation of BSC Quidgest in El Salvador is one of the most important achievements during my career, not only because of the projects requirements but also because it was a significant step for Quidgest´s expansion to Latin America,” explains Rosa Rodriguez, consultant and project manager at Quidgest.For more information on BSC Quidgest® download our brochure or contact us at marketing[at]

FH Flensburg became a partner

In November 2011, Quidgest has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with FH Flensburg, in Germany. With this partnership Quidgest found its first partner in the German education sector. The software is used in class and can be used by students for practice. Consequently, the application will strengthen the widespread Balanced ScoreCard concept.

The cooperation with FH Flensburg is another important step in Quidgest´s internationalization process. At the moment, Quidgest is present in markets such as Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Macau, Mozambique, East Timor, El Salvador, USA and Brazil.

Balanced ScoreCard is a performance management tool to aid the strategy implementation and execution, through real-time information, planning, monitoring and control.