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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. Click here for more information and to submit a paper.

In Memoriam Dr. Luis Sanz

Luis Sanz, BALAS president and professor at INCAE Business School, passed away of a heart attack last March leaving us with a huge sense of loss.

Luis was passionately dedicated to the causes he embraced, and BALAS was one of his longest and dearest commitments. He was a respected scholar and active participant in BALAS conferences where he presented research papers and teaching cases in many occasions. He was also a leader of our organization for many years, as Program Chair of the 2007 BALAS conference at INCAE in Costa Rica, as the representative for Central America in the BALAS Executive Committee, as President elect and as track chair many times over.

Luis was an extraordinary colleague and a great friend. He encouraged us in our scholarship and in our commitments to Latin America. He was a vibrant, dynamic and witty person that made us laugh. He was a model for many of us.

The BALAS Executive Committee has approved a number of different initiatives to pay tribute to Luis and to his legacy that will be announced in due time.

We have missed Luis but the good memories and his example will stay with us forever.

Shall his soul rest in peace.

Xavier Mendoza, BALAS President
Victoria Jones, BALAS Vice-President and President elect
Yvonne Huertas, BALAS Executive Director


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