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Indigenous management practices: insights from Latin America

Henry Gómez and Carlos Dávila ()
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Henry Gómez: IESA
Carlos Dávila: School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes

No 18, Galeras. Working Papers Series from Universidad de Los Andes. Facultad de Administración. School of Management

Abstract: Management realities in Latin America are rarely examined against the region’s changing social, economic, and political backdrop. Managers must reckon with economic volatility, a weak institutional framework, and limited state governance in a diverse organizational landscape where large corporations do not play center stage. Institutional shortcomings, ingrained privilege and exclusion, and rising social demands have bred a flourishing “informal economy” in which more than one-half the labor force earns a living. Together, these circumstances make for a challenging business context where enterprising organizations craft home-grown management practices. This study revisits management practices drawn from in-depth studies of organizations, in Venezuela and Colombia, often deployed by individuals with no formal management training. Hands-on, versatile, and resilient management, strong creative leadership, perseverance and commitment, and keen understanding of the local business context stand out as factors that lead individuals to achieve success for their organizations, regardless of the odds.

Keywords: Indigenous management; management practices; business context; competitiveness; family-owned business (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2007-11-01
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