Special Issue of Georgetown Journal Examines International Activities of Latin American Firms

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Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability Studies the Behaviors of International Companies and Foreign Investors in Iberoamerica

The latest issue of the scholarly business journal Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability, which is published by Georgetown University and Universia, contributes to international business research by adding to the understanding of the international activities of Latin American firms. The articles address diverse aspects of this topic, illustrating how analyzing firms in Latin America can serve as a laboratory for identifying new issues that studies of other regions have missed or not studied in depth.
All articles selected for the special issue were finalists for the best work at the 2010 Meeting of the Latin American Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB-LAT). The journal opens with an introductory article by Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, chair of the AIB-LAT Scientific Committee, and Leonardo Liberman, AIB-LAT conference chair, in which they assess the state of international business research in Latin America and present the research studies included in the issue. The next three articles examine the behavior of multinational companies, while the remaining three examine the behavior of Latin America’s foreign investors.
Cuervo-Cazurra, who also is an associate professor in the Sonoco International Business Department at the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, served as the guest editor of the special issue. The journal can be found online at http://gcg.universia.net.
To arrange for an interview with Ricardo Ernst, the journal’s editor-in-chief and deputy dean of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, or any of the article’s authors, contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.
Article summaries:
·                     An analysis of psychic distance, a term used to describe a concept including cultural, administrative, economic, and geographical distance, as it relates to the overseas expansion of multinational companies;
·                     An examination of the relationship between internationalization and performance in 73 Brazilian companies;
·                     A review of the relationship between internationalization and performance in a study that combines a review of available literature with primary and secondary data;
·                     A study of the expansion of two businesses from New Zealand in the agricultural industry in Latin America;
·                     An analysis of the relationships and behavior of an offshore service provider in Brazil; and
·                     A study of the determining factors for direct foreign investment (DFI) in Latin America, based on a sample of 27 countries. 
About Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability
Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability seeks to provide people with responsibility for governing companies or managing public or private bodies and institutions with original ideas and innovative proposals to help improve the competitiveness and governability of companies and Latin American countries in a globalized world. It also aims to serve the region’s academic and scientific communities by becoming the publication of reference for new ideas by facilitating communication among the various Latin American academic communities, bringing them closer together, and structuring them around the study of specific areas, duly analyzed by means of theoretical contributions, practical applications, and real case studies. The journal is a joint project of Georgetown University’s Latin American Board and Universia. It can be found online at http://gcg.universia.net.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.