Unpacking the Resilience Imperative in the Latin America and Caribbean Context


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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) continue to face increasing economic, ecological, socio-cultural, and geo-political challenges. These challenges mandate strategic responses from all stakeholders including, businesses, governments, civil society, social entrepreneurs, and other actors. At the same time, considerations on resilience and sustainability have tended to privilege or prioritize some actors including governments and even civil society vis-à-vis business. The 2030 agenda has also added impetus to the need for greater attention to LAC businesses and an interrogation of their role in the region’s sustainability. The proliferation of these challenges mandates that we rethink and reshape our understanding of (1) what a sustainable and resilient LAC region is; and (2) the role that businesses play in advancing progress towards this future. 

Research has demonstrated that resilience is advanced by building strength and opportunity in societies across their natural environment, physical infrastructure, and economic and social structures. Achieving greater resilience involves combining both local and global knowledge to create best practices that bolster civil society and quality of life within communities. It is about making the whole society more competitive, more productive, more adaptive, and more inclusive. 

However, as a practical matter, civic, public, and private stakeholders have differing perspectives, goals, and objectives that make cooperation and coordination difficult. Bridging these differences requires novel methods of analyses that span multiple levels and challenge existing theory. Moreover, it necessitates us to rethink the role of businesses as actors within the community, as they play a pivotal role in mobilizing resources and prompting action. 

The LAC region serves as a rich natural laboratory for researchers of international business. We welcome and embrace scholars from within and those interested in the region, boasts a longstanding tradition of examining phenomena to deepen our understanding of the region from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. To continue this enduring research tradition, we urge submissions to exploit existing methods of analysis while also taking advantage of new methods that seek to explore analyses from multiple levels and challenge our traditional thinking and paradigms.


List of topic areas


  • Resilience; 
  • Sustainability; 
  • Sustainable Development; 
  • Multi-Stakeholder Approach; 
  • Community Resilience; 
  • Economic Resilience


Guest Editors

Elizabeth M. Moore, 
D’Amore- McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA, 
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Maria Alejandra Gonzalez Perez, 
School of Business, EAFIT University, Colombia, 
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Indianna Minto-Coy, 
Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies, Jamaica 
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Mario Henrique Ogasavara, 
ESPM, Brazil, 
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Key Deadlines 

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 15 January 2024 
Closing date for manuscripts submission: 29 November 2024