Latin American Business Cultures
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DR. ROBERT CRANE has built a solid reputation for competence in the areas of international development, cross-cultural business applications and institutional entrepreneurship in eastern and western Europe and North and South America. Throughout his career he has been involved with such management institutions as the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago, EM-Lyon in France and the International Management Center (now the Business School of the Central European University) in Budapest. He has developed and/or run customized programs for executives for such firms as Baker & McKensie (one of the world's largest law firms), McKinsey and Company, Societe Generale, Bouygues and many others. He holds degrees in French literature (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and translation (maitrise or M.A. from the University of Lyon, France). He also studied management (Young Managers' Programme or Executive MBA at Cranfield University in the U.K.).
DR. CARLOS RIZOWY was born in Uruguay, South America and was appointed by Uruguay's President as Honorary Consul of Uruguay for Chicago and the Midwest of the United States. In demand as a private personal coach to CEOs and upper management and Boards of significant American corporations doing business abroad, and as a public speaker and media commentator, routinely addressing over sixty audiences each year. Groups addressed include the Council on Foreign Relations, Rotary International, Stanford University Law Forum, and many major Universities, Latin American Chamber of Commerce. His law practice as of counsel to the firm of Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, has focused on corporations, government relations and international transactions. His international business consulting focuses on government relations. He has counseled governmental as well as non-governmental organizations and consults as a foreign policy personal coach to CEO's of prominent American companies doing business abroad. He has authored articles in professional and popular journals on topics in law, business and international relations.
As former chairman of the political science department at Roosevelt University in Chicago, he inspired a generation of students and faculty.
Latin American Business Cultures gives an insight into the mindsets of ten Latin American countries and the origins of those mindsets. At the same time, the book describes the practical applications of these insights to understanding and doing business in those countries. Through the careful delineations of the subtleties of the cultures of their nations, the chapter contributors lead the reader to an understanding bordering on compassion for their countries. Armed with this cultural depth, the student or businessman can thereafter deal with Latin America and its markets with an enhanced perspective on the national way of thinking.
The three part structure of each chapter – history, culture, business – gives the necessary tools to the erstwhile student or businessperson of the region to deal with the people of the ten countries with greater sophistication. An introduction to the national history and way of thinking can be key to business success in these countries and can offset, to a certain degree, a lack of fluency in Spanish or Portuguese.
; December 2010
297 pages; ISBN 9780230299108Read online
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Title: Latin American Business Cultures
Author: Robert Crane; Carlos Rizowy