Call for papers: 8th Iberoamerican Academy Conference, São Paulo, Brazil

Deadline for papers submission: July 10th 2013

Deadline for acceptance communication: August 26th 2013

8th Iberoamerican Academy Conference, São Paulo, Brazil
December 8th to December 10th, 2013
World in Transition: business, multiculturalism and society
Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – EAESP – FGV

World in Transition: business, multiculturalism and society are the topics proposed by the the 8th Iberoamerican Academy Conference. In a complex and dynamic global environment, both academics and practitioners have to deal with economical, geopolitical, social and cultural intense changes. Latin America faces different challenges in this scenario such as: how to integrate disimilar cultures in the region, how to promote an inclusive environment and cope with inequalities and politics. The region presents high levels of development as well extreme poverty. Despite idiosyncrasies among nations, challenges related to education and productivity at public and private organizations are similar and defy managers daily.

With a view towards debating this multifaceted setting of Latin America, the conference’s agenda proposes the following topics:

  • What are the roles of Latin American organizations in the global context?
  • How can Iberoamerican Organizations achieve competitive advantage in a world in transition?
  • Have emerging countries changed inequality conditions of within contemporary capitalism?
  • What are the competences required to develop people, organizations and society in this dynamic environment?
  • What is the role played by Latin American Scholars regarding teaching and researching in Latin American Business Schools?
  • Do they make any difference in the international scenario? Do they contribute to changing the conditions of Latin American Countries and both their Public and Private organizations?

Therefore we would like to invite participants to address the new facets of management in such complex scenario and collaborate in this rich debate. Submissions of papers aligned to the mission of our conference are more than welcome.


1. Entrepreneurship and Family Business:

Track-chairs: Tales Andreassi – EAESP and Gianni Romani Chocce – Universidad Católica del Norte

The entrepreneurship track welcomes papers related to entrepreneurship in an Iberoamerican context, especially if this context deals with an environment in transition. Major topics include, at a macro level, effective public policy for entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial actions to decrease poverty, entrepreneurial education, among others. At the micro level, topics include business models, growth strategies, entrepreneurial opportunities, venture capital & angel investors, corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship & gender, among others.

2. International Business

Track-chairs: Rodrigo Bandeira de Mello – EAESP and Maria Alejandra Gonzalez Perez – Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)

The role of multinationals, countries, governments, and institutions in shaping today´s world has gained increasing importance. This track contributes to advancing and sharing knowledge across the Iberoamerican academic community about international business in the region. We seek both empirical and theoretical papers addressing, but not limited to, the following potential research questions: How, and to what extent, do existing internationalization theories explain the international movements of MNEs from non-developed countries? How do MNEs shape and are shaped by institutions, governments, and culture in Iberoamerican countries? What are typical managerial models of MNEs subsidiaries in the region? What would be an ideal curriculum to teach International Business in Iberoamerica ? Are there any distinctive features of IB strategies, structure, and governance between Iberoamerican countries and other emerging economies? How and to what extent may MNEs contribute to alleviating poverty and fostering innovation in the countries of the region?

3. Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management

Track-chairs: Ana Silvia Rocha Ipiranga – Universidade Estadual do Ceará e Tânia Casado – FEA/USP

The topics of organizational behavior and human resources are dedicated to studies that innovatively analyze, discuss and offer in-depth reflection about individuals and groups at different analysis levels and organizational contexts. Research advancing the discussion of these perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, values, processes and organizational practices, such as, learning, creativity, competencies, careers, coaching and mentoring, motivation, leadership, decision making, trust, power, diversity, citizenship, pleasure and suffering at work and in organizations. Studies leading to thought-provoking perspectives for the understanding of contextual influences on individuals and groups, such as identity, climate and national and organizational culture are brought up. Considering the theme of the conference -The World in Transition- still focuses on issues related to changes and continuity in labor relations, the search of a better understanding of how organizations are practicing human resources management becomes paramount. What practices and policies have been carried out among the various duties, competencies and activities of human resources? What is the connection between these human resources policies and practices and the organizational strategies, cultures and performance? Relative convergences and reflections between both theoretical and methodological frameworks coupled with epistemological assumptions of human resources management, labor relations and organizational behavior permeate these knowledge areas.

4. Public Administration

Track-chairs: AlketaPeci – EBAPE and Freddy Mariñez Navarro – Tecnologico de Monterrey

The Iberoamerican Academy of Management “Public Management” track focuses on governance, organization and management of both public administration and services, particularly highlighting their distinctive features in other management areas. Due to the theme of the conference – World in Transition – our call for papers will encourage research that explores the shifting borders of public administration as an academic field and its transformation over the last decade from a managerial focus to a Public Governance focus, characterized by public-private networks, citizen and nonprofit sector participation, co-production and stakeholder engagement, performance management, or other collaborative/contractual efforts, specifically highlighting how the Iberoamerican local contexts translate, adapt and are challenged by such shifts in the relations between State and Society. As usual, we welcome traditional themes of public administration such as: democracy, politics and public management; reforms and change in public sector, intergovernmental relations, multi-level governance, and intersectoriality; transparency, accountability, and e-government; agencification, privatization and outsourcing of public services; public policy cycles and analysis; leadership, motivation, entrepreneurship, decision-making or culture in public sector; functional areas of public management, such as accounting, control, or financial management; history and administrative traditions. The track supports a pluralistic paradigmatic and methodological approach to addressing such themes.

5. Competitive Strategy

Track-chairs: Sergio Bulgacov – EAESP and Roberto Vassolo – IAE Business School

The Iberoamerican Academy of Management Competitive Strategy track focuses on questions concerning corporate, businesses and institution competitive interactions within product, services, markets, and strategic groups in a specific economic and social environment over time. Within the theme of the conference – World in Transition, select contributions aiming to exploring competitive dynamics in the face of business and institution changes, and its impact on the organization, society, and the environment are welcome, such as work-addressing questions: (1) How might processes and practices of competition be adapted to the new economy and reflect changes in society and institutions? (2) How does the increased focus on social, multiculturalism and environmental sustainability constrain or develop firms’ efforts to pursue competitive advantage? (3) How do firms sustain or restrain its competitive advantage with the impact of internal and/or environmental changes? As usual, we welcome all contributions linked with competitive strategy of firms, public organizations, and institutions, and we specifically encourage submissions on the topic of competitive strategy in general and with a link with the mainstream themes on strategy and organization studies.

6. Supply Chain and Innovation Management

Track-chairs: Ely Paiva – EAESP and Elena Revilla – IE

The objective of this track is to feature innovative studies related to the field of Supply Chain Management in Iberoamerican countries. We seek papers that highlight new topics related to a world with increasing levels of uncertainty and new challenges for SCM such as risk management, crises management, sustainable operations and humanitarian operations. Nevertheless, traditional topics are also welcome, as well as articles focusing on SCM performance, innovative approaches to supply, cooperation and value creation.

7. Organizational Theory and Critical Management Studies

Track-chairs: Rafael Alcadipani – EAESP and Pedro Castellano Masias – ESAN

The Iberoamerican Academy of Management Organization Studies and Critical Management studies track focuses on questions concerning what is usually called Organization Studies. As such, we focus on a sociological and psychological reading of Organizations in Iberoamerican countries. Studies based on institutional, symbolic, critical, post-modern and post-colonial perspectives are welcome. We accept contributions from both quantitative and qualitative methods. We are also open to papers that are grounded to functionalist approaches. In particular, this stream focuses on studies that challenge traditional views of organizations and management within Iberoamerica. We invite researchers with different perspectives to share their reflections and intellectual contributions in order to build a body of knowledge on the Iberoamerican experience of management and work organizations. As Iberoamerican voices have been frequently excluded, or even self-excluded, from management educational and research publications. it is time for Iberoamerican thinkers to actively and critically engage into and discuss organizational and managerial issues. It is time, also, for researchers worldwide to observe and reflect on the Iberoamerican perspective and the roles adopted by the Iberoamerican economy within the global order.

8. World in Transition and Management in Iberoamerican Countries

Track-chairs: Maria José Tonelli – EAESP e Glenn Morgan – Cardiff Business School

This special track bearing the theme of the conference aims to address specific topics and challenges that organizations and researchers face in order to deal with geopolitical, social and cultural changes in Iberoamerican countries. The track also has the objective to foster debate and provide different perspectives to solve issues and conflicts in Business Management and Public Administration. Academic and practical studies, using different theoretical perspectives and methodologies within this context are welcome.

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