The second seminar of 2010-2011 fall series will be on Wednesday, November 10th 2010 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM EST (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM CST). We look at MEXICO, featuring Professor Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra of University of South Carolina, who will explore the competitive advantages of Mexican firms, the strategies they use to "go global," and how their rise is affecting the strategy and performance of Western firms.
DR. Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra joined the University of South Carolina in 2005. Before then, he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. From 2003-2004, he was a visiting professor at Cornell University.
Dr. Cuervo-Cazurra analyzes how firms internationalize. Specifically, he studies how firms become internationally competitive by developing their technological capabilities and how then they overcome the difficulties in internationalization to become multinational enterprises. He also studies governance issues, with a special interest in corruption in international business. Recently, he has started a long-term research project analyzing the emergence of developing-country multinational firms. His geographical area of expertise is Latin America. He has done fieldwork in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Spain.
His research appears or will appear in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal, among others, and in several edited books. He serves on the editorial boards of leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Organization Studies, among others.
His research has received numerous awards. One of his papers won the Samsung Economic Research Institute Best Paper in Strategy/International Business Theory from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management, another paper was a finalist for Best Practice Implications Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society, and a third paper was nominated for the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize. His dissertation at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management received the Free Press Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management. It was also a finalist for the Barry M. Richman Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management and for the Gunnar Hedlund Award for Best Dissertation in International Business. A paper from his dissertation at the University of Salamanca received the Robert J. Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management.
Dr. Cuervo-Cazurra teaches courses on international and strategic management at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and Ph.D. levels. At the University of South Carolina, he teaches on a regular basis Global Competitive Analysis and Doing Business in Latin America. He was a finalist for the professor of the year award from the Doctoral Student Association.