Advancing Management Research in Latin America

Hosted by IPADE Business School, this conference had been scheduled to take place 15-17 April, 2020, in Mexico City, Mexico. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was no longer advisable or feasible to hold the conference. Instead, some components of the event were held online.

The Latin American Academy of Management (LATAM) Specialized Conference in Mexico City, hosted by the IPADE Business School, involved a network of professors, scholars, doctoral students, and executives from over 120 countries. The overall theme and substance of the meeting was to promote learning through the global exchange of management research, issues, and practices in Latin America.

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Conference Theme

Beyond Research: Advancing Management Research in Latin America The theme of the LATAM Specialized Conference focused on management practices in Latin America. Latin America (LATAM) is a unique and under-explored region in terms of research. It is unique since its countries form part of four different regions: North America, Central America, Caribbean and South America; and through its rich history, culture, and various socioeconomic and political conditions, provide a relevant setting for management research and its application.

The purpose of the conference was to foster the development of research from Latin American scholars and institutions, to create opportunities for leading scholars to learn more about how their work relates to relevant issues that are embedded within the Latin America context, and to establish connections between management educators and scholars from Latin America with those from other parts of the world.

The Latin American Specialized Conference had three primary objectives:

  1. To develop and share research that originates in Latin America
  2. To foster learning through the share of Latin American management practices
  3. To connect global scholars

Virtual Keynote

Although the Advancing Management Research in Latin America did not take place physically, a virtual keynote took place, followed by a question and answer webinar.

Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management at The George Washington University School of Business. He is currently serving as Academy of Management Vice President and Program Chair. His problem-focused and interdisciplinary research addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent and organizational research methods. For more information, please visit

Conference Tracks

TRACK 1: The Embeddedness of Latin American Firms and Entrepreneurs
This track focuses on exploring the socio-economic and political embeddedness of Latin American firms and entrepreneurship. This track welcomes work on topics like interactions among different key actors and institutions that shape the business activities and the creation of entrepreneurships ecosystems, among others.

TRACK 2: Tackling Sustainability Challenges in Latin America
This track explores how Latin-American organizations, while aiming to achieve long-term success and prosperity, confront grand societal challenges such as macroeconomic volatility, environmental degradation, increasing poverty and social inequality, deficient education, migration of talent, and the shortage of qualified talent.

TRACK 3: Latin American Management
This track focuses on exploring how Latin American firms manage talent in their countries of origin and also as they expand to other geographies. Understanding how international firms deal with their experiences in Latin America at all levels of analysis is also essential.

TRACK 4: From Research to Action
This track explores the impact that management research has on its practice, including phenomenon-driven research that has promising short term connections to management.

View the Conference Program here.

Submissions for this conference came from all over the globe:

Mexico Specialized Conference Submission Stats



Conference Chairs

  • German Céspedes, IPADE Business School
  • Alberto Ibarra, IPADE Business School

Track Chairs

  • José Amorós, EGADE Business School
  • Mary Conway Dato-on, Crummer Graduate School of Business
  • Patricio Duran, Saint Louis University
  • Maribel Guerrero, Newcastle Business School
  • Olivia Hernandez-Pozas, ITESM
  • Valmir Emil Hoffmann, University of Brasilia
  • Antonio Carlos Gastaud Maçada, UFRGS Escola de Administração
  • María José Murcia, IAE Business School
  • Miguel R. Olivas-Luján, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrea Prado, INCAE Business School

Regional Ambassadors

  • Amon Barros, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo
  • Sandro Cabral, Insper
  • Marcos Pereira Fernandes De Barros, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Sérgio Lazzarini, Insper
  • Erica Salvaj, Universidad del Desarrollo

Advisory Board Members

  • David Allen, Texas Christian University
  • Herman Aguinis, George Washington University
  • Alberto Aragón, Universidad de Granada
  • Carolina Gómez, Florida International University
  • Luis Gómez-Mejía, Arizona State University
  • Davide Ravasi, University College London
  • Roberto Vassolo, IAE Business School
  • Batia Wiesenfeld, New York University


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