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Overcoming the challenges of Doctoral Programs in Management in Emerging Markets: Lessons from Latin America

Special issue call for papers from Management Research

Special Issue Editors:

-          Erica Salvaj (Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile) [email protected]
-          Santiago Mingo (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile) [email protected]
-          Constanza Bianchi (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile) [email protected]
Deadline for submission: March 1, 2019
Tentative publication date: Winter, 2020


High Education and Doctoral Programs are fundamental for innovation, development and the integration of emerging markets in the global economy (World Bank, 2005).   However, the role, creation, and running of PhDs in Management programs have been scarcely explored.  Few works such as Summer, Bettis, Duhaime, Grant, Hambrick, Snow and Zeithaml (1990) and Tiffin and Kunc (2009) explore their impact on business education and development.  Tiffin and Kunc (2009) surveyed Management PhD programs in Latin America in 7 countries and identified 18 schools doing most of the training and 15 schools that do not operate programs. According to this work, the perceived benefits of PhDs in Management are improved research outputs and teaching quality. Universities in Brazil’s industrialized states are the leaders in the Latin American region.

In the last decade, several prestigious business schools in Latin America (LATAM) have created doctoral programs in management. The creation of such programs in most cases responds to universities’ needs for improving the knowledge base and quality of pedagogical skills in their faculty, enhancing their research and reputation. However, these programs face many challenges associated with poor higher education training in epistemology and methods, cultures that do not encourage research, low levels of English proficiency, poor rates of publication in international journals, and a shortage of world class professors and/or lecturers to teach in these programs.

Despite the difficulties, these Ph.D. programs are uniquely positioned to generate and contribute specific knowledge to the field of management that will respond to the needs of business and society in LATAM and collaborate in the development of universities in Latin American countries. With the preceding in mind, this special issue will discuss the present challenges and their solutions in the development of successful doctoral programs in Management in LATAM today.

The primary objective of this special issue is to convoke scholars interested in doctoral programs in management in LATAM to share experiences that may help to tackle common challenges as well as capitalize on existing and/or emerging opportunities. They will spur insightful reflections about the past, present, and future direction of Management PhD programs in Latin America. The insights, creative solutions, and innovative ideas developed by the directors and academicians of these programs will also be useful to scholars from other emerging regions such as Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.


We aim to inspire and encourage scholars with an interest in topics such as the assessment of the research competencies of junior researchers, development of innovative courses in PhD programs, participation in international networks, and other related topics to consider submitting their work to this special issue. We welcome empirical research and case studies. All articles should demonstrate relevance to the understanding of PhD programs in Management and have implications for education and development in Latin American countries.

Within the context of PhDs in Management in Latin America, topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
-          Promising practices to attract and develop talented junior researchers that are committed to pursuing an academic career
-          Strategies to develop research skills among midterm career scholars
-          Collaborative organizational approaches in the knowledge economy with local and international universities, firms, and global networks to overcome the scarcity of scholars who do research and publish in top tier journals.
-          Collaboration with National Research and Innovation Systems
-          Application of new technologies and pedagogical methods to improve the performance and quality of PhD programs in Management
-          Helpful practices for publishing articles based on dissertations written by PhD students
-          Internationalization of Latin American PhD programs in Management
-          Practices to increase and grow the number of domestic and international applicants to these programs
-          Development and identification of diverse sources of funding such as public and private scholarships for tuition and stipend, and the establishment of an independent endowment fund
-          Domains, contents, skills and attitudes of PhDs in management in Latin America
Only original unpublished work can be submitted.  Any paper that is identical or substantially similar to work already published or is accepted for publication will not be considered.   

To submit your article, please go to


De Wit, H.; Jaramillo, C.; Gacel-Avila, J. and Knight, J. 2005.  Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension, V. 638, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
Summer, C., Bettis, R. A., Duhaime, I. H., Grant, J. H., Hambrick, D. C., Snow, C. C. and Zeithaml, C. P. 1990.  Doctoral education in the field of business policy and strategy.  Journal of Management, 16, (2), 361–398.
Tiffin, S. and Kunc, M. 2009. A survey of management PhD programmes in Latin America. International Journal of Management in Education, 3, (1), 82-103.

About the Guest Editors

Erica Salvaj is an Associate Professor of Management and Strategy and Academic Director of Executive Education at the School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. She has been a visiting professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, since 2009. Salvaj holds an MA from Universidad Carlos III and a Ph.D. from IESE Business School, Spain. Her research has been funded by her alma maters as well as Chile's National Scientific and Technological Research Commission (CONICYT) and Argentina's National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). She does research on Social Networks, Strategy, Corporate Governance, Power and Influence, International Business and Business History. She has published several chapters and articles in major journals, including Business History Review, Business History, Corporate Governance: an International Review, Enterprise & Society, Global Strategy Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Research and PlosOne. Erica Salvaj was a GCEE Fellow at Babson College (2012) and Alfred Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School (2017).

Constanza Bianchi is Professor of Marketing and Co-Director for the PhD in Management program at the School of Business of the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago, Chile and Adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She specializes on issues of international marketing, services and tourism in Latin America and Australia. Her articles have examined topics such as drivers and barriers of SME export commitment and performance, the role of technology on consumer behavior in Latin America and studies on cross national consumer behavior and destination branding.

Santiago Mingo is an Associate Professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez’s School of Business in Santiago de Chile. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. Santiago’s research explores how the institutional and business environment affects corporate strategy, global strategy, and entrepreneurial activity. Most of his work focuses on emerging markets. Santiago has published in academic journals such as Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, and Journal of World Business, and has presented his research at numerous conferences and universities around the world. He is affiliated with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)’s Center for Emerging Market Studies. At Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, he teaches business strategy, global strategy, and international business.