General Management and Sustainability in Latin America

Call for papers for: Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración

Call for Papers

Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración (ARLA)

Special Issue on:

General Management and Sustainability in Latin America

In association with the Academy of Management (AOM) specialized conference Advancing Management Research in Latin America, Mexico City, April 15-17, 2020.
Due date to submit to the journal: May 30, 2020.

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Enrique Ogliastri, INCAE (Costa Rica) & IE (Spain)
Olivia Hernandez-Pozas, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Miguel R. Olivas-Luján, Pennsylvania State University & Clarion U. of Pennsylvania (USA)
María José Murcia, IAE (Argentina)

Call for Papers:

Today, Latin America is in the spotlight for International Business. The region’s countries are signing promising international free trade agreements and numerous Latin American firms are succeeding domestically and abroad. Latin American professionals travel the world and do business internationally. The region receives expatriates from as well as sends them to varied countries. Still, Latin America is understudied and under-published; a lack of awareness about Latin American management prevails. Misconceptions about its competitiveness, including misleading generalizations within the region create confusion. This special issue will contribute by focusing on the distinct characteristics of Latin American Management, its importance and its consequences. Opportunities and challenges will be identified, as well as new trends that will impact the future of this region and its companies internationally.

Latin America has characteristics that distinguish it in a global context, but, within the region, there are important differences among countries. Geographic location, history, culture, politics, and society are shaping the way in which organizations and managerial practice evolve in the area. Variations in values, beliefs, and behaviors across the region persist. Managers play a crucial role in adapting hybrid models where local, national, regional and international practices co-exist. Understanding how these practices impact business performance is paramount.  This special issue will explore 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.

We welcome research questions that include (but are not limited to):

  •  What are the Cross-Cultural, Diversity, and Inclusion challenges in the region?
  • How can Latin American managers make their organizations recessionproof, and even thrive in the midst of turbulent economies?
  • How do firms deal with Human Resources, Labor Relations and related challenges?
  • How do global firms (MNCs) managers deal with / organize for macroeconomic volatility, poverty, social inequality, and other
    sustainability-related challenges in the Latin American operating environment?
  • How do employees and other stakeholders perceive Self-Initiated Expatriates?
  • How do firms integrate societal and environmental concerns in the development of their long-term strategies?
  • How do Latin American cross-border practices differ from those of other geographies?
  • How do local and global companies in the natural resource sector organize for sustainability?
  • What are the similarities and differences among Latin Americans in their homelands compared to abroad (e.g., Migrant work, as employees or as managers)?
  • How can companies help reduce inequality or foster community development?
  • What are expatriate experiences from and in the region like?
  • How does social inequality shape the business environment?
  • What differentiates Multi-Latinas from other transnational organizations (e.g., public-private partnerships, national or cross-border alliances, etc.)?
  • How are the evolving types of political economy affecting organizations and employees in Latin America?
  • Management research that includes Latin America from micro to meso to macro levels of analysis is of high relevance to this issue.

    Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración (ARLA)
    Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion (ARLA), the official journal of the Latin American Council of Schools of Management (CLADEA), publishes rigorous peer-reviewed research in the field of Management and related disciplines, with clear reference to Ibero and Latin American Management and businesses.
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Submission and Review Process

This special issue open to qualified submissions, as well as based on fully developed manuscripts submitted, reviewed, and accepted in the Latin American Management and Sustainability (tracks 2 and 3) of the Academy of Management Specialized Conference (Mexico City, April 15-17, 2020). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the conference has been However, the journal accepts other submissions until May 30th. 2020.

Accepted papers to the conference will have a fast track evaluation by the journal. Authors are welcome to a session during the conference to meet the editors and prepare for the publication process in this special issue. The accepted articles will be published by Emerald immediately as EarlyCite by November 2020 (or earlier). The Special Issue 34-1 is the first of 2021.

You should submit to the journal using AoM_Mex2020 or Management in Latin America as the special issue submission option: (

Guest Editors

Enrique Ogliastri, Ph. D.
He has been editor and presently is Director of Academia ARLA journal (Emerald) for over 20 years. He teaches at INCAE (Costa Rica) and IE (Madrid), has been a professor at U. de los Andes (Bogotá) for 25 years, and has been Visiting Professor and Scholar at Harvard University (1980-84), Ajiken (Japan, 1989), and Toulouse ESC and Nancy U (France, 1997, 1999). He has a Ph. D. in organizations, M.A. in social psychology (Northwestern University), MBA, and industrial engineering degree. He has published over 25 book length manuscripts, and he has been guest editor of many Special Issues in several journals (Academia ARLA, Gestao e Regionalidade, Journal of Business Research, Management Decision…). Website: ; email: [email protected]

Olivia Hernandez-Pozas, Ph. D.
Chair of the track Latin American Management in the 2020 AOM specialized conference. Associate professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico (Conacyt). Advanced Cultural Intelligence facilitator by the Cultural Intelligence Center. During 2017-2019 served in the board of MED AOM. Currently is Ambassador for Mexico in MED AOM. Her publications include papers, books and chapters of books in the topics of International Business, Management Education and Cultural Intelligence. She has served as reviewer for the AOM, CLADEA, GABC and the Journal of International Management, European Business Review, Innovar and Estudios Gerenciales among others. She has been co-editor for GABC. Email: [email protected]

Miguel Olivas-Luján, Ph. D.
Miguel R. Olivas-Luján is a Teaching Professor and the Associate Director of the Center for International Human Resources Studies (CIHRS) at The Pennsylvania State University. A former Chair and Professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, his research interests include: HRM, Evidence-based Management, Diversity, Information Technology, and Culture. His work, published in The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), The International Journal of Human Resources Management (IJHRM), and others, has been recognized at AOM (Academy of Management) and EAOM (Eastern AOM), including several leadership and outstanding reviewer awards. A Senior Editor for the Advanced Series in Management (Emerald Group Publishing, UK), he has published over fifty scientific articles, scholarly book chapters and encyclopedic entries, and served on editorial boards that include the Journal of Managerial Issues (JMI), and the Journal of Managerial Psychology (JMP), for which he co-edited a special issue on Hispanic and Latin Americans in the Workplace. He served as Editor-in-Chief for The Business Journal of Hispanic Research (BJHR). In 2014-19, he served the MED division in the 5-year chairperson sequence, after years of service in elected and appointed positions. He has also served AOM divisions including GDO, IM, and MH; previously, he served the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s “Global Expertise Panel”. Besides Pennsylvania, he has taught at the Technische Hochschuhle Deggendorf (Bavaria, Germany) and at Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej (Lublin, Poland), in addition to UNICEN (Tandil, Argentina), and Monterrey Tech (Monterrey and San Luis Potosí, Mexico). Email: [email protected]

María José (Majo) Murcia, Ph. D.
Majo Murcia (PhD, University of British Columbia; MBA, IAE Business School; BA in Economics, Universidad de Buenos Aires) is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Sustainability at IAE Business School, Universidad Austral (Argentina) and a Visiting Professor at University of British Columbia (Canada). She is passionate about studying and teaching how sustainability is and will be revolutionizing ways of doing business. She examines this phenomenon using multiple lenses, ranging from how individuals conceive and tackle sustainability-related challenges, how firms and industries shape their strategies in light of their sustainability orientation and performance, to how sustainability may improve communities through social innovation. Her work has been featured in such journals as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, among others. She is a member of AOM ONE, SIM, and STR divisions. Email:[email protected]