News & Highlights

  • OCTOBER 2019

HBS Admissions Roadshow

HBS hosted recruitment sessions in eight cities in the region this year: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Lima, Santiago, São Paulo and Buenos Aires and Miami. The sessions welcomed more than 580 guests. In Buenos Aires and São Paulo panelists shared their personal HBS experiences and discussed the case method.
  • JULY 2019

MBA Voices: A Brazailian Student’s Experience—Meet Vivian Scalfi, MBA Class of 2020

MBA Voices is Harvard Business School’s admissions blog. A collection of community perspectives on the blog provide prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Brazilian student Vivian Scalfi, MBA 2020, explains her journey to become one of the applicants admitted to the school.
  • MAY 2019

2019 Alumni Achievement Award

Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (MBA 1995) was one of five individuals to receive the 2019 HBS Alumni Achievement Award at this year’s Class Day. Harvard Business School's mission is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Every day more than 80,000 HBS graduates strive to make these words a reality in a wide array of organizations that affect the lives of millions of people around the globe. For 50 years, the School has selected a number of outstanding men and women to receive its most important honor, the Alumni Achievement Award. Rodríguez is managing partner of IGNIA, a venture capital firm he cofounded in 2007 that invests in entrepreneurs who are brining goods and services to Mexico’s emerging middle class. Rodríguez’s interest in using microloans to invest in developing economies was first sparked at HBS in 1994 when he helped organize the Latin American Conference.
  • Events
  • MARCH 2019

Business as Social Intervention with Professor Michael Chu

The Latin American Research Center in collaboration with Brazil’s HBS Club welcomed Professor Michael Chu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Faculty Chair for Latin America. Professor Chu presented, “Business as Social Intervention: Commercial Enterprises in the Building of a More Equitable World, from the Scars of the Street and the Rigors of research,” and shared his research findings with more than 80 alumni in São Paulo.

New Research on the Region

  • Article
  • Journal of International Business Studies

Organizational Innovation in the Multinational Enterprise: Internalization Theory and Business History

By: Teresa da Silva Lopes, Mark Casson and G. Jones

This article engages in a methodological experiment by using historical evidence to challenge a common misperception about internalization theory. The theory has often been criticized for maintaining that it assumes a hierarchically organized MNE based on knowledge flowing from the home country. This is not an accurate description of how global firms operate in recent decades, but this article shows it has never been true historically. Using longitudinal data on individual firms from the nineteenth century onwards, it reveals evidence of how entrepreneurs and firms with multinational activity faced by market imperfections changed the design of their headquarters and their organizational structures.

  • September 2019
  • Case

Alex Atala: Bringing Brazil to the World

By: Boris Groysberg, Priscilla Zogbi and Ruth Costas

Brazilian Michelin-star chef Alex Atala managed four restaurants, a foundation advocating for the environment, and a seminar focused on food and sustainability. His new initiative was opening a hotel.

  • 2019
  • Book Chapter

Origins and Development of Global Business

This chapter explores how business enterprises have been powerful actors in the spread of global capitalism between 1840 and the present day. Emerging out of the industrialized Western economies, global firms created and co-created markets and ecosystems through their ability to transfer a package of financial, organizational, and cultural assets, skills, and ideologies across national borders. They have been major drivers of trade growth, which they often organized within their own boundaries. They have been shapers of, as well as responders to, globalization waves. They were also actors in periodic de-globalization waves, mainly because they functioned as reinforcers of gaps in wealth and income rather than disrupters of them. They were disappointing institutions for knowledge and technology transfer. In recent decades, the domination of global markets by Western and Japanese firms have shifted to a situation in which they competed as equals with firms based in China, India, the Arab Gulf, and elsewhere in the non-Western world. This trend is likely to accelerate as the growing fragility of institutional structures in the United States and the European Union further weakens the competitiveness of firms based in those regions.

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