CORONA CHAIR PROGRAM FOR DISTINGUISHED VISITORS

October 17, 2017

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Published in 2017
  1. When and why did you decide to pursue an academic career?

    I decided to pursue an academic career while I was studying my undergrad. I love the academic environment, being involved with students, and spend time reading, researching, and exploring new topics related to management. I believe the academic career fits very well my personality.

  1. What are the most satisfying aspects of being a scholar?

    The time we have to pursue our interests. We are, in some ways, entrepreneurs. I enjoy a lot the freedom we have as a scholar.

  1. What other research areas would you like to develop in the future?

    I would like to explore topics that lie under the umbrella of strategic leadership such as management education and leadership succession. But always using an international perspective outlook.

  1. Please tell us a special anecdote from your academic life.

    I think we don’t fully capture our impact as teachers. While talking with former students, I realize that they remember better than me the experiences, stories, and anecdotes I tell them in classes than concepts and frameworks I taught them in my course. Sometimes we forget that part of being a scholar is transferring to our students our experience and way of seeing the life, which is a huge responsibility. 

  1. How does your work contribute to the society as a whole?

    My work explores institutional differences across countries and how such differences have an impact on the performance of firms. My work helps managers and policy-makers to understand how the context influences firms’ strategy and outcomes. So, it serves as a guide for both managers and policy-makers to improve their decision making and create a suitable environment for organization respectively, which help to the survival and growth of firms.

  1. How would you describe your teaching philosophy?

    Since I have both academic and real-world experience, I try to link these two worlds into my class. I help students to understand antecedents and consequences of firms and managers’ actions from a theoretical perspective. I illustrate different business models with current examples that firms are facing. I try to obtain examples of firms that have not found a solution yet to incentive my students to think as a manager and find a potentially viable solution for the firm problem. In other words, I develop in my students a way of thinking and then we quickly apply such thinking to real business problems.

  1. What do you learn the most from the interaction with your students?

    Generations change very quickly. Students’ need and goals change yearly. So I have learned that continuous adaptation and flexibility are keys skills we must develop as teachers.

  1. During your visit, what surprised you about Colombia?

    I see many opportunities for economic growth in Colombia that many people living in Colombia don’t see. I believe Colombians should be very optimistic about their future.

  1. After your visit, what do you take from Colombia back home?

    People in Colombia is very warm. It is surprising that given the growth of the city and the consequences that such growth brings to people lives, Colombians are calmed and very worried about others, especially guests. I enjoyed a lot my trip to Bogota and my visit to UASM.

  1. What would you highlight from your visit to Universidad de los Andes School of Management?

    I highlight the quality of their faculty, the friendly staff, the infrastructure, and prospects. I believe that UASM is an example for other schools in the region.

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