Welcome From the Convenors & Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to attend the SMS Special Conference Sao Paulo, March 15-17, 2018!

Sao Paulo is the largest economic and industrial hub in the Southern Hemisphere; the largest business center in Latin America, second only to New York in number of multinational companies’ offices; and expected to have the third highest economic growth in the world between 2011 and 2025. These features make it an ideal venue to discuss the conference theme: “Strategizing New Growth Avenues in an Evolving Global Context”.

In line with the conference’s focus on growth, topics will range from the need to redesign global strategies, taking into account expected changes in global trade; to the challenges faced by firms when devising strategies, by harnessing the potential of new technologies to fuel growth. The conference also aims to explore the intersection between business strategy and public policy to examine opportunities to promote firm growth and socially inclusive economic growth.

Sao Paulo, being such an influential economic hub, offers an ideal setting for conversations about these topics. The conference host, FGV-EAESP Business School, the alma mater of several CEOs in the region, is working with the program co-chairs to enrich relevant conversations by organizing sessions that include internationally-renowned scholars, business leaders and government officials.

Sao Paulo stands out for its dynamic culture and cosmopolitan flair. The city has strong international influence in commerce, finance, arts, and entertainment and has the most refined restaurants in Brazil. We hope you will take the time to enjoy what this metropolis has to offer. Those who would like to extend their stay and enjoy a few days on a beach in the tropics will have many great destinations to choose from including Rio de Janeiro, the top tourism destination in Brazil, which is only a 45-minute flight away.

We look forward to extending you a warm welcome in Sao Paulo and to sharing an insightful conference with you!

Program Chairs

picture of Ronaldo Parente
Ronaldo Parente
Florida International University
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Francisco Polidoro Junior
University of Texas at Austin