International Management and International Relations: A Critical Perspective from Latin America

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Over the last few decades, the field of management enlarged its boundaries, especially in international terms, in a very rapid fashion—mainly because of the arrival of the so-called era of globalization. Many renowned scholars have criticized the universal approach given to ‘management’ in the United States and its subsequent automatic conversion into ‘international management,’ but their arguments too can fall into the trap of universalism at times. This book has a more specific concern: to challenge the conversion of ‘management’ into ‘international management’ from a Latin American perspective. This challenge might be taken as a first step toward the construction of a Latin American perspective in International Management and a potential contribution to the development of this field in other parts of the world.

Drawing upon such critical standpoint, several authors in the book converge upon the idea that researchers, practitioners and authorities in Latin America should challenge the US dominance in International Management and foster interdisciplinary developments within International Relations. The critical perspective provided in this book challenges the US’s narrow viewpoint on management as it clearly does not fit the governance features of ‘international management’ in Latin America. So far, we have not observed the constitution of sub-areas such as international management of international organizations, international management of transnational institutions, international management of public-private networks, international management of public companies, and international public administration or international public management, all of which would be extremely important in Latin America.

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Ana Guedes, Ph.D. in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She is Associate Professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation (EBAPE/FGV). She is chair of the International Studies Research Group at EBAPE/FGV and has published in the fields of International Political Economy, International Business and International Management. E-mail:

Alex Faria, Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He is Associate Professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation and Researcher of the National Research Council in Brazil. He is chair of the Strategy & Marketing Research Group at EBAPE/FGV and has published many contributions in the fields of Strategy, Marketing, International Management and Critical Studies in Management in Brazil and abroad. E-mail:

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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: What is International Management? Part 1: Geography and History into International Management and International Relations 1. Neoliberal Globe/Centrism and International Management Blindness: The Indispensable Decolonial Turn 2. Regional Governance in Latin America: Institutions and Normative Discourses in the Post-Cold War Period 3. International Political Economy, Management and Governance in Latin America Part 2: Cross-Cultural Issues: Into, Across and From Latin America 4. Managing Latin America: Historical Semantics and the Logic of Othering 5. From Latin America to the World: Notes on the (possible) Latin American Management Styles Part 3: International Management and Governance in Latin America 6. Managerialism as Knowing and Making in Latin America: International Development Management and World Bank Intervention 7. "Dirty Management": The Legacy of Chile & Argentina 8. Green Deserts in the South of Latin America: The Role of International Agencies and National States Part 4: Conclusions 9. Bringing the ‘International’ Into International Management: New Challenges. Contributors. Index

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