College of Business Administration organizes international conference.

José de la Torre

Members of the faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration and the Chapman Graduate School are busily preparing to host the 42nd annual meeting of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA), which will take place in Miami in the college’s new business building complex on October 28-31, 2007. Approximately 400 international scholars and administrators will attend, representing more than 100 universities from Latin America and the Caribbean, along with fifty schools from North America and Europe with strong ties to the region.

“The CLADEA conference combines faculty presentations and sessions of interest to deans, associate deans, and other administrators in business schools from all over the world.”

José de la Torre, Chapman School Dean

“The CLADEA conference combines faculty presentations and sessions of interest to deans, associate deans, and other administrators in business schools from all over the world,” said José de la Torre, Chapman School dean, the college’s principal organizer for the event. “This year’s themes are human capital, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and we plan to publish the proceedings.”

Structure provides environment for give and take.

Jerry Haar

“More than 120 academic papers are slated for presentation in two categories: research papers for which audience members can provide suggestions and refinements; and workshop poster sessions, through which passersby can offer insights informally to those whose ideas are just taking shape,” said Jerry Haar, professor, Department of Management and International Business, who has organized the academic segment of the conference.

The topics span entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, innovation, management, and marketing, with fifteen sessions focused on aspects of each broad category, from “Finance and Market Research in Emerging Economies,” to “Trends in International Human Resource Management,” “Sustainability and Responsibility in Business,” and “An Evaluation of Consumer Behaviors.”

In addition, special sessions will feature invited presenters on the three themes. Papers in these sessions include “Strategic HRM in Mexico: Linking Human and Social Factors to Firm Performance,” “Innovation in Latin America—Responses to the Chinese Challenge,” and “Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Education and Technology.”

Eleven panels to explore administrative challenges.

This year’s conference puts a heavy focus on administrative matters, such as human resources, supporting faculty research, and evaluating faculty performance. Experts with an international orientation—members of the college’s Dean’s Council among them—will offer insights during eleven panel discussions.

“Through our Dean’s Council, we are fortunate to have close partnerships with individuals who hold top management positions in their companies and who will provide real-world perspectives to the discussion,” de la Torre said.

He will lead a panel on globalization and the abilities needed by executives in multinationals, while Joyce J. Elam, executive dean and vice provost of FIU Online, will moderate one on strategies for distance learning.

Many sponsors are supporting the event: HP, title sponsor; event sponsors Bacardi, Kraft Foods, and AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; partnership sponsors Caterpillar, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ASBSP), Go Miami Card, Venevision International, and Ryder System, Inc.; KPMG, Burger King, and ExxonMobil as contributing sponsors; and media sponsors Latin Trade and WorldCity Business.

The event also will include a trade show.

For more information about the CLADEA conference, visit

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