Diversification in the Era of Non-Normal

10th Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter (AIB-LAC formerly known as AIB-LAT)

March 11-14, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago

Submit your paper by October 10th 2019 at: https://meetings.aib.msu.edu/lat/2020/

The scale of change businesses will face in the next decade or so is likely to surpass that of the past half-century. This increasing pace of change is challenging our old assumptions and changing the way we do business, creating an environment where uncertainty has become the new normal.

Thus, leading and achieving success in globalized markets in the near future—where exponential change, volatility, uncertainty, and disruption are the new norm—could be a challenge for managers and executives..

We have seen that the continued decline in commodity prices and sluggish growth in the global economy pose several economic, social, and political challenges for the Caribbean and Latin American region.  These uncertainties, coupled with the region’s volatility and over-reliance on a small number of foreign markets, are compelling governments and businesses to seek market expansion opportunities across national borders. In light of these challenges, the interest in diversification has gained increased momentum in the region, where numerous stakeholders have voiced their appeals for the inclusion of diversification, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the region’s developmental agenda.  

Effective diversification, a risk-reduction strategy that involves adding product, services, location, customers and/or markets to your company’s portfolio to set you apart from the competition should help MNEs and SMEs alike to pursue pioneering and effective expansion strategies to capitalize on the opportunities in today’s globalized and uncertain environment. Though diversification firms can propel the region’s competitive advantages and reduce the management complexities managers are facing today.  

To address these and other related issues, the Latin American & Caribbean Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB-LAC) announces its 10th Annual Conference Diversification in the Era of Non-Normal”, tbe held in Trinidad and Tobago, hosted by The Department of Management Studies, The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) from March 11-14,2020.

We cordially invite you to submit your research related to the conference theme. But research more broadly based on internationalbusiness, Latin America and the Caribbean regions will also be welcomed. The review of manuscripts will be coordinated by the conference PrograChair Professor Ronaldo Parente (Florida International University), with support from the track chairs listed below.



All submissions will be handled through the AIB online submission system. Please refer to the detailed submission instructions page for additional information on how to prepare and submit your submission.  Submission system: https://meetings.aib.msu.edu/lat/2020/


The expanded two-day pre-conference (March 11-12) on the island of Tobago will feature academic eventspecifically designedfor Ph.D. students and scholars who want to receive developmental feedback from experienced researchers on their currentresearch projects. In the first day,  pre-conference will focus on academic and teaching development through (i) Research Crowdsourcing and (ii) Teaching and Global Exchange sessions. The second day includes more traditional sessions as JIBS PDW and Doctoral Consortium. 

AIB-LAC 2020 will be a great opportunity to:

Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) and Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) PDWs at the pre-conference.

Direct interactions and opportunities for obtaining face-to-face paper development ideas from editorial board members of top journals such as: Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP), Cross Cultural & Strategic Management (CCSM), Transnational Corporations, Journal of World Business (JWB), Global Strategy Journal (GSJ), Multinationals Business Review (MBR),  International Journal of Emerging Markets, Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), Journal of International Management, amongst others. 

Interact with publishers such as Palgrave and Emerald to discuss your publication projects. 

Interactions with well-known IB scholars such as Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Jonathan Doh, Jeremy Clegg, Maria Tereza Fleury, Pavlos Dimitratos, Bill Newburry, Ronald Parente, Elizabeth Moore, Jorge Carneiro, Armando Borba and many others. 

Participate in our “crowdsourcing: building international research teams” session led by Bill Newburry, in which we aim to facilitate building regional research teams by identifying potential international collaborators and future co-authors for cross-country studies. 

Meet AIB-LAC official country representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. 

Meet new friends, potential research partners and future co-authors, and find opportunities for discussing possibilities of student and faculty mobility and exchanges for your school with scholars from academic institutions in Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world countries. 

Our local host, the department of Management Studies at The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) have organized a cultural extravaganza. This activity, we’re sure will be an exciting opportunity for understanding cultural differences with the Caribbean region, and embrace the cultural richness of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Local Host: The University of West Indies (UWI)

Further Information: 

Visit  http://www.lac.aib.world or https://aib.msu.edu/events/chaptermeet.asp   



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