Doing Business in Latin America: The Competitiveness and Sustainability Challenge

Latin America is one of the most thriving regions in the World. Growing income, successful economic integration, booming markets, and a privileged geography makes this region a must for big and small companies.  However, there is a stark competitiveness and sustainability divide between and within countries.  This module will analyze the current challenges and opportunities for doing business in the region both from a macro and micro perspective covering the most important topics to comprehend the intricacies of the region.  Lectures include the political economy of regional integration, microeconomics of competitiveness, sustainability management, public-private partnerships, implementing CSR strategy, BoP and creating social value, agribusiness and global value chains and investment in emerging markets.

Faculty involved (tentative): Alberto TrejosFrancisco de Paula GutiérrezRoy ZúñigaBernard KilianAndrea PradoUrs JägerEsteban Brenes and Víctor Umaña, Deputy Director of INCAE’s Latina American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development.

Company visits:  Dos Pinos (Dairy Coop), Florida Ice and Farm (Brewery), DHL Express (Logistics).

Other elements: Britt Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls.