The Strategic Management Conference (SMLA) brings together academics and practitioners interested in Latin America.

The world is facing unprecedented challenges in multiple arenas, what has been termed a VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) context. This invites companies to question and revisit their strategic outlook. Particularly, this turmoil requires academics and managers to broaden their scope of analysis and incorporate the changes taking place in technology, the environment, geopolitics, economic, social, and legal dimensions. These radical transformations require revisiting not only current theories/perspectives in the field of strategy but also the relationship of firms with the government, unions, NGOs as well as take notice of new players such as entrepreneurs and changes in consumer preferences.
The conference attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their research with colleagues from different countries that share an interest in LATAM and to validate their concepts with entrepreneurs, managers and public policy decision makers.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Deadline: September 12th, 2022

Decision Notificacions: October 10th, 2022

Early Bird Registration: October 12th – November 14th, 2022 

Regular Registration: November 15th – December 12th, 2022

Conference Dates: December 12th - 13th, 2022


SMLA invites theoretical papers, applied or empirical research and cases studies as well as panels and special session proposals. Presentation Paper sessions will be scheduled in a 120-minute block of time during the 2-day conference. Papers will be grouped into paper sessions of 3-5 papers per session.

We encourage original contributions that explore the following topics: Competitive and Corporate Strategy, Internationalization, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Public Private Collaborations (state capitalism) and Strategy Processes, Practice, Strategic Leadership and Governance. Papers will be double-blind reviewed.




Jaqueline Pels, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina

Jaqueline Pels is Director of the Inclusive Business Think Tank (ENI-DiTella) and professor of marketing at the University Torcuato Di Tella Business School, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research experience is in the areas of inclusive business, emerging economies, marketing theory, and relationship and networking marketing.


Erica Salvaj, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

Erica Salvaj is Professor of General Management and Strategy at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), Chile and Visiting Scholar at Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina. Her primary fields of research are strategy, leadership, organizational change, social networks,corporate governance and business history.


Carlos Rodríguez , INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

Carlos is an Assistant Professor at INCAE Business School. He teaches in the Strategy and Organizational Change areas. He holds a PhD from McGill University (Canada).


Keynote Speakers

Álvaro Cuervo Cazurra, Northeastern University, USA

Álvaro Cuervo Cazurra is a Professor of Global Strategy and the Lloyd Mullin Research Fellow at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, USA.

Gustavo Grobocopatel, Founder Grupo Los Grobos, Argentina

Founder of Grupo Los Grobo. Member of the Economic and Social Council at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; of the Endeavor Directory (Argentina), and of the Consejo del Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC).

Bernardo Kosacoff, UTDT, Argentina

Bernardo is Professor of the School of Business and Member of the Boards of Directors at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) since 2013. He is also an Associate Professor at the Universidad of Buenos Aires (UBA) since 1994. He was the Director of Cepal-Naciones Unidas in Argentina between 2002-2011, where he had been a Senior Economist for over 20 years.

Sergio Lazzarini, Ivey Business School, Canada, and Insper, Brazil.

Sergio G. Lazzarini is a Full Professor at Insper. He was Dean of Research Degree Programs at Insper and he was Director of Insper’s Center for Strategy. He was visiting professor at Harvard University in 2010 and in 2012.

Ana María Mustapic, UTDT, Argentina

Ana María Mustapic is Visiting Professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. She was Director of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Torcuato di Tella University (2016-2018) and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cinetíficas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET).


Track Chairs

José Ernesto Amorós

Dr. Amorós is Professor and Doctoral Programs Director at EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. Until December 2015 he was the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School.

Andrés Barrios Fajardo

Andrés Barrios is Associate Professor of marketing at Universidad de Los Andes - Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University, UK. Andrés’ research analyzes the intersections among markets, development and social conflicts, from different theoretical perspectives.

Diego Finchelstein

Diego Finchelstein is an Assistant Professor at Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) and a researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas of Argentina (CONICET). He holds a PhD from Northwestern University.

María José Murcia

María José Murcia (PhD), University of British Columbia; MBA, IAE Business School; BA in Economics (Hons.), Universidad de Buenos Aires. Dr. Murcia is an Assistant Professor in Strategy and Sustainability at IAE Business School, Universidad Austral (Argentina) and a Visiting Professor at University of British Columbia (Canada).

Santiago Mingo

Santiago Mingo is an Associate Professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez’s School of Business in Santiago de Chile. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. Santiago’s research explores how the institutional and business environment affects corporate strategy, global strategy, and entrepreneurial activity.

Clifford J. Shultz,

II, PhD - Columbia University, is Professor and Kellstadt Chair of Marketing at Loyola University Chicago. He has expertise in macromarketing and policy in transitioning and recovering economies.

Rodrigo Guesalaga,

Rodrigo Guesalaga is a full-time Professor and the Dean of the School of Economics and Business, and the School of Engineering, at Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile.




Submission Guidelines & Formatting Requirements

Please submit a long abstract that matches the following criteria:

Maximum word Length: 1.500 words including key references and main tables 

Style: Times New Roman, 12-point Font, Double-spaced

Document type: Adobe PDF 

Paper Size: U.S. Letter or A4, 1-inch (2.5cm) margin all around

Document must include: 

  • Title
  • Method: Conceptual / Qualitative / Quantitative / Mixed Methods
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
  • Practical implications (if applicable)
  • Originality/value
  • References
  • Key words (max 5) 

*DO NOT INCLUDE any Author Information (Names, Affiliations, E-mails, etc.). Papers containing any author information will NOT be considered for review.

Submitting your paper:

Send your submission to clearly stating the corresponding track in your subject:
  1. Competitive and Corporate strategy formulation
  2. Internationalization
  3. Sustainability
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Public - Private Collaborations
  6. Strategy Processes, Practice, Strategic Leadership and Governance

Conference Fees

If your proposal is accepted for presentation, the participant(s) attending to present the research or participate on a panel or in a workshop MUST be registered to attend the conference.

Early Bird fee (until Nov 14th, 2022) Regular fee (15th Nov - 12th Dec 2022)
Full Registration USD 300 USD 400
Ph.D. Students USD 200 USD 300
Virtual Fee (*) USD 75 USD 100

(*) Virtual fees will be exclusively available for non-presenting attendees.

Venue & Accommodation

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) has positioned itself among the top higher education institutions in Argentina and in Latin America.  With a strong commitment to academic excellence, equal opportunity and pluralism, the University´s mission is to educate new generations of academic, social, political and business leaders, and to advance research and scholarship in the arts and sciences.

The School of Business is an important hub of production of new ideas and knowledge for the business community both in Argentina and in Latin America. It is also renowned for its pedagogic excellence, which is applied to its undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. Our objective is to form the best business leaders in the region and to contribute to knowledge production through state-of-the art academic research. This is carried out by our professors, who were educated in the top European and North American universities, and who have experience in the most successful companies world-wide. Academic excellence, international perspective and a vigorous community of students and alumni are the Business School´s distinctive characteristics.


Bookings should be made by email in order to guarantee the negotiated rates. To access the discounted rate directly, please mention Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) when asking for your reservation.

Meliá Plaza

Posadas 1557, C1112 CABA | | +54 11 5353-4000


Posadas 1232, C1011 - Recoleta, CABA | | | + 54 11 4819-1100

Esplendor Plaza Francia

Eduardo Schiaffino 2189, C1129 - Recoleta, CABA | | + 54 11 4819-1100


Gral. Las Heras 2161, C1127 - Recoleta, CABA | | +54 11 2058-5556

Urbánica Libertador

Av. Del Libertador 5690, C1426 - Belgrano, CABA | | +54 11 4787-3003

How to get to the University

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7350 - [C1428BCW] Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Free shuttles from selected hotels to the University, the gala dinner, and back, will be available. 

Also, the university has a free shuttle bus that connects with the main bus & subway stops in the Belgrano neighborhood. You can check its frequency in this map below:


Previous SMLA Conferences

  • The Fourth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America, co-sponsored by the School of Management of the Universidad de Los Andes - UASM and the Journal of Business Research, was held from January 13 to 14, 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia. The theme of this conference was "Strategic Management in Latin America".
  • The Fifth International Strategic Management Conference in Latin America was held in Mexico City on January 10 and 11, 2013 at the Autonomous Technological Campus of Mexico (ITAM) in Rio Hondo. The theme in this occasion was "The future of business in Latin America: Strategy in emerging market economies".
  • The Sixth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America, co-sponsored by INCAE Business School and the Journal of Business Research, was held on January 8 and 9, 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. The theme of this conference was: "Strategies for growth, regional expansion and global competition". 
  • The Seventh International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America was held in Santiago, Chile, and hosted by the School of Business, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, on January 5 and 6, 2017, with the support of the Journal of Business Research. This version of the meeting was developed in the Postgraduate Building of the UAI. The theme was "Strategic Management in a changing world". 
  • The Eighth International Conference on Strategic Management in Latin America was held in Sao Paulo, Brasil, and hosted by FGV and INCAE Business School, on February 19 and 20, 2019, with the support of the Journal of Business Research. The theme was "How can Latin American Firms Contribute to a more Rebalanced Society". 

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