ESAN, established in July of 1963, was the first graduate school of business in the Spanish speaking world. Having educated business leaders throughout Latin America and the world for over 40 years, it became the Universidad ESAN in 2003.
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2012 Conference Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BALAS 2012 Annual Conference, held at PUC-Rio in March, was a great success with a record number of submissions (226) from several Latin American countries, the US and Europe. The acceptance rate of only 54% indicates the rigor applied in the initial screening of the papers. The conference theme ֠Latin American Firms Competing in the Global Economy ֠attracted more than 200 participants: scholars, managers, public policy officers, and students. A total of 37 Brazilian and 41 non-Brazilian academic institutions were represented. The exchange of ideas and experiences as well as the networking opportunities were highlights of the conference.

The 2012 BALAS Conference also featured a doctoral consortium where 10 doctoral students received advice on their dissertation projects from six experienced professors. A seminar on ԇeneralizing to Populations via Case Study ResearchԬ by Prof. Arch Woodside, Boston College, brilliantly closed the doctoral consortium.
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The opening plenary session featured presentations by four distinguished experts: Jose de la Torre (Emeritus Professor, Florida International University), Eduarda La Rocque (Secretary of Finance of Rio de Janeiro), Jo䯠Carlos Ferraz (Vice-President, BNDES - Brazilian Development Bank), and Guilherme Dale (Founding Partner of Spencer Stuart, Brazil). The gala dinner, that took place at a cultural pavilion in Rio historical downtown, gave the participants a meritorious chance to relax after the intense days of conference sessions. IAG, the Business School of PUC-Rio, is very proud to have been given the opportunity to host this renowned conference.

We would like to thank the following sponsors whose financial contribution was invaluable for the conference: CNPq, Petrobras, Faperj, CFA, Coppead/UFRJ, FGV/Eaesp, and Euromonitor.

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