The MultiMex: The Multinational Companies from Mexico
This article presents some multinational companies from Mexico – which I will call MultiMex. These firms present a very interesting research topic in international business because they are subject to an unstable macro environment, the Mexican economy, and to two powerful external forces: (i) the competition from China´s industrial base, and (ii) the protectionist policies […]
The Chinese rise in Latin America: The cases of Mexico and Brazil
Introduction The Chinese rise in the global economy and the strength of the economic ties between China and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) may reduce the economic influence of the United States in that part of the world. Given that the combined GDP of Central and South Americas is around US$ 5,6 trillion, LAC […]
What will the future of Management Education look like?
Business schools around the world need to know what their future will look like. Changes in demographics, globalization, digitalization, and the rise of alternative career paths will force MBA and Executive MBA programs around the world to change their curricula and to use new teaching tools to keep their relevance in the years ahead. Are […]
Country-level Strategy: Is there a route for the development of countries?
Biologists, business managers, and economic theorists use models with many phases to improve the understanding of the evolutionary process in diverse areas, such as the development of new products or the growth of a colony of bacteria. Therefore, the lifecycle of a product, the technology adoption curve, the phases of a person´s life, and the […]
Organizational Life Cycle
Companies, individuals, families, NGOs, cells, organisms and empires go through different stages throughout their lives. Each phase has well-defined characteristics and are consequences of the challenges that the organizations face through their lifetime. More specifically, the phases are easily identified when one analyses the cognitive capacities of executives, the structure of the organization and the contexts in […]
The Chinese Century: Is China-Brazil relationship a proxy of a new global governance?
The rise of Chinese influence in Brazil By Evodio Kaltenecker, Ph.D. Nature hates the vacuum, so do superpowers. Therefore, the geopolitical space allowed by the United States is seemingly being filled by China.  For instance, the Asian giant became Brazil’s most important trade partner in 2009 and Chinese investment in Brazil began around 2010  […]
Ciclo de vida de las organizaciones
Empresas, individuos, familias, organizaciones no gubernamentales, empresas estatales, células, organismos e imperios pasan por diferentes etapas durante su vida. Cada una de las fases posee características bien definidas y es consecuencia de las modificaciones por las cuales las organizaciones pasan a lo largo del tiempo. Más específicamente, las etapas se identifican cuando se analizan las capacidades cognitivas […]
¿Por qué las empresas exitosas fracasan?
By Evodio Kaltenecker “Té con Mussolini”, una hermosa película de Franco Zefirelli, describe un grupo de mujeres inglesas sofisticadas que no percibían el deterioro de la sociedad italiana en los años anteriores a la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El comportamiento de las damas que se reunían para el té todas las tardes se asemeja al de GM, Kodak, […]
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in global competition: internationalization as an entrepreneurial challenge.
Introduction Business schools, consultants and business-specialized media are biased agents because they do not pay tribute to an important actor of the global economy: the millions of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) around the world. For instance, in the European Union alone all but 0.2 % of enterprises which operated in the EU-28 non-financial business […]
On Operations Management and successful cases
This article has an ambitious goal: the dissemination of the concept that operations management, if well-executed, provide competitive advantages to companies. However, because strategy, marketing, and M&A are sexier than operations, executives tend to overlook the benefits of managing well the operational part of a business. In general, there is a misunderstanding between strategy and […]