CEC Publications

   
caratula CAF

COMPETITIVE BOGOTÁ: Prepared for the Future?

Bogotá is an emblematic case. First, for having continuously improved, with advances and setbacks, its levels of quality of life through public works that have transformed the relationship between public and private spaces and, above all, changed the conception of the role of citizens in publicmanagement. It is also considered an emblematic casefor having attracted significant foreign investment in recent years, which has enabled it to sustain its growth. However, as this study shows, Bogotáis undergoing a competitive transition to a service economy, implying huge challenges, particularly those linked to the issues of education and physical and technological infrastructure. This transition is not easy and involves a strengthening of both public and private institutions, joined by the effortsof businesses to increase their productivity. This study provides the identification of an agenda that, with the proper political, business, and social consensus, can steer the city toward an even more privileged position in the Latin American and global environments.

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Cubierta CEC Riopaila

Agribusiness ecosystem. Process of building a sustainable agribusiness landscape in the Veracruz project, a frontier of agribusinessin the Colombian High Plains region of Orinoquía.

 

The School of Management at the Universidad de los Andes strengthens its ties with companies and organizationsthrough the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness (CEC). This center offers consulting and applied research that generate knowledge and value, special services, and training directly related to these projects in different fields.

This series seeks to share the knowledge gained through the activities carried out with the mediation of the CEC. The agribusiness ecosystem is the result of a project developed in 2011 to formulate, through a process of partnership, a model of intervention and management for the long-term sustainability of the productive activities of Riopaila Castilla S.A.

In addition to being pioneering and responsible,aiming to build a sustainable agro-industrial landscape in the Veracruz project, a frontier of agribusiness in the Colombian High Plains region of Orinoquía, this process has important lessons for the region and the country. It was developed by an interdisciplinary team from the Schools of Management, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and Anthropology, in collaboration with external consultants led by professor Germán Andrade.

Professor Andrade is part of the team working at the School of Management on issues related to the environment and sustainable development including, among others, building a long-term strategic vision and plans with regard to environmental issues, analysis and promotion of sectoral environmentalsustainability, ecological and social design of the agribusiness landscape, and eco-efficiency and cleaner production.

Those of us at the CEC hope that this publication will foster applied research and the development of new projects related to these issues, and we are committed to supporting them to the best of our ability.

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Champeta

The Organizational Field of Music: The Case of Champeta

The School of Management at the Universidad de los Andes, through the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness (CEC), provides organizations with consulting, support,and applied research services to help boost their innovative and sustainable development and generate an impact on these organizations and society. This series seeks to share the knowledge gained through the activities carried out with the mediation of the CEC.

The Organizational Field of Music: The Case of Champetais an academic contribution aimed at targeting different actors in the field of music, such as managers of businesses in the music industry, crafters of public policy, and agents--musicians, singers, and producers--in order to achieve a thorough understanding of the dynamics of cooperation, competition, and power that occurat its center.

For the first time in Colombia, the concept of organizational fields has been applied to the study of musical phenomena.Elements from organizational theory were used to better understand the dynamics of production and distribution of popular music, whose consumption in the country has seen an increase. It is hoped that this new perspectivewill lead to greater clarity in the regulation and understanding of the strategic behaviors of this particular field of music. The goal is, firstly, to avoid the proliferation of informal institutions that diverge and compete with formal institutions and, secondly, to promote the national and international markets of this important category of Colombian popular music.

Those of us at the CEC hope that this publication will foster applied research and the development of new projects related to these issues, and we are committed to supporting them to the best of our ability.

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redes cec

RedES-CAR: Pioneer in the Productive Transformation of SMEs

In September 2013, the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cundinamarca (CAR) initiated the CAR Sustainable Business Network(Redes-CAR) program in order to strengthen the productivity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in supply chains. The program began with 38 SMEs and as of November 2015 had over 200 participating. These SMEs belong to 19 chains, eachled by a larger anchor company. The program is run through a partnership between the public and private sectors, along with academia, led by the Universidad de los Andes, in collaboration with Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Universidad Piloto de Colombia, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

This publication presents the origin, operation, and results achieved by the RedES-CAR program, which is closely linked to the national policy of sustainable production and consumption. It also recounts its growth with regard to the participating companies and chains during itsfirst three stages. It then goes on to present achievements with regard to organizational learning and management development among the participating companies, illustrated by examples of how some of them implemented this transformation.

Later chapters present lessons from the RedES-CAR experience. First, the benefits of intersectoral partnership carried out between academia and the public and private sectors; second, measurements of what is meant by better economic and environmental performance of companies in the jurisdiction of the CAR; and, third, an appreciation of the economic and social impact that has resulted from improved environmental performance in the region.

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