AIB Latin American and Caribbean 2020 Conference: Call for papers

Diversification in the Era of Non-Normal 

Conference track: International HRM and diversity

10th Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter (AIB-LAC formerly known as AIB-LAT),

June 30 – July 1, 2020

Miami, United States

Please consider submitting to the International HRM and diversity track my colleagues Miguel R. Olivas-Luján (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), Isis Olimpia Gutiérrez Martínez (Universidad de las Américas Puebla) and I (Nottingham University Business School) are convening. 

Previous work on the impact of diversity management reveals that “management may be the key to assuring that the organization will be able to fully benefit from bringing underrepresented groups into the organization. Some organizations have adopted diversity management initiatives as a way to improve the ability of diverse groups to work together, and empirical research has demonstrated that diversity management can improve outcomes in diverse organizations” (Pitts, Hicklin, Hawes, Melton, 2010, p.868). While the aims and projected benefits of the approaches and policies of diversity vary greatly, companies tend to identify improvement on several key fronts, including: making culture change, improving diversity and cultural mosaic in the workplace, enhancing market opportunities, external recognition and image. Doing so is depicted in the functional areas where initiatives on diversity are being targeted, often by means of HR policies.

Multinational companies from all locations, but Latin America and Caribbean in particular, are seeking to improve their global management skills through the provision of initiatives to attract and retain a diverse and culturally competent workforce, which is able to work across national, linguistic and cultural borders. They also seek to recruit employees which represent local communities and countries at all levels of business operation and management.

This track therefore, explores the utilization of the existing theories associated with the benefits of a diverse workforce, representative of today’s society; it raises questions of how a company can actively and strategically deal with diversity and inclusion and establish the appropriate organizational culture towards effectiveness in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.


  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 10, 2019

All submissions will be handled through the AIB online submission system. Please refer to the detailed submission instructions page for additional information on how to prepare and submit your submission. 

·       Communication of Decisions: December 30, 2019


Miguel R. Olivas-Luján (PhD) is Professor and department Summer Chair at Clarion University of Pennsylvania (USA). Chairperson for the Management Education & Development (2014-19) division of the AOM, his agenda includes: Diversity, Information Technologies, Culture, Nonprofits, and related. His work has been presented in all inhabited continents and published in four languages. He has served as international lecturer in Colombia, Germany, Mexico, and Poland; he serves in various editorial boards, and as Senior Editor for Emerald’s Advanced Series in Management.

Isis Gutiérrez-Martínez (PhD) is Professor at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. She holds a PhD in Management Science from CNAM in Paris, France. Her research interests focus on human resource management, diversity in organizations and information technology management. She is an active contributor at leading international journals and conferences and her research has been funded by several international grants.

Andri Georgiadou (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the Nottingham University Business School and the Director of the Equality Inclusion and Diversity Center in Cyprus. Her research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from relational and interdisciplinary perspectives. She is a recipient of the 2019 Women in the Academy of International Business (WAIB) Emerging Scholar Award; the 2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award; the 2016 European Management Review Best Reviewer Award, and the 2014 Graduate Scholar Award for Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. In 2019, she was elected regional representative for Southern Europe for Academy of International Business (AIB) Western Europe chapter, and she was appointed Deputy Chair and Vice Chair Events for the same chapter.