Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (Lok Jack GSB) was established in 1989 as a joint venture between The University of the West Indies and the private sector of Trinidad and Tobago. Today, the school is recognized as the premier institution for the provision of business and management education, training and consultancy services in the region.
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Call for Papers 2016 Annual Conference
From starting up to sustained growth: Opportunities and challenges faced by Latin American entrepreneurs
March 16 - 18, 2016
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Hosted by the ESPAE Graduate School of Management, ESPOL Guayaquil, Ecuador

Paper Submission Due Date: November 1, 2015

Latin America is among the world regions with the highest share of entrepreneurs, but this has made little impact on the persistent challenges of economic growth. Strategies are needed that ensure sustainability and scale so that entrepreneurship creates value and generates jobs.

One strategy that has proved successful in some areas is cooperation among entrepreneurs. Collective action can create an ecosystem that benefits the community as a whole and each enterprise individually. Partnerships among entrepreneurs, as a cooperative strategy, can be crucial in the survival rates of new firms by developing their individual strengths and maximizing their collective impact. Furthermore, these strategies can improve the size and employment generation of firms (i.e. becoming dynamic entrepreneurs), thus producing sustainable growth. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following issues:
   - What are the external and internal factors that allow/facilitate scaling up successful business models in Latin America?
   - What are the constraints faced by Latin American startups to scale up and grow?
   - How can firms mitigate those constraints? What can governments do to minimize those constraints?

Papers in all areas of business and economics are invited. We especially invite those that explore the growth strategies of entrepreneurial ventures and their role in regional economic development. All papers submitted must focus on the business or economic environment of Latin America or the Caribbean. Paper deadline submission is November 1, 2015.

BALAS publishes the Proceedings of the papers accepted and presented at the conference. In addition, the Journal of Business Research and Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración will publish a selection of the best papers of the BALAS 2016 conference. The best teaching cases will be eligible to be included in the CLADEA-BALAS Case Collection distributed by Harvard Business Publishing.

The conference tracks are listed below.
To see a more detailed description of the various tracks click here.

Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development
Cooperation between Entrepreneurs: Do Collaborative Strategies Pay Off?
Open Innovation

Accounting, Taxation and Management
Information and Control Systems
Consumer Behavior
Corporate Finance
Culture, Social and Ethical Issues
Economic Environment and Regional Integration
Entrepreneurship and Family Business
Financial Markets, Investment and Risk Management
Human Resource Management
Information Technology Management
Marketing Management
Management Education and Teaching Cases
Strategies for Global Competitiveness
Supply-Chain and Operations Management





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