XX Annual Meeting of Red Pymes Mercosur
On seven, eight and nine of October the twentieth Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes Mercosur took place under the theme “The challenge of SMEs: innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable regional development”. This time more than hundred research papers were presented. It was a record with more than 100 people participated in this event.
The twentieth edition was held in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina and the organization was in charge of the Universidad Provincial del Sudoeste (UPSO), the Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur (IIESS-CONICET), the Departamento de Ciencias de la Administración (UNS), the Department of Economics (UNS), the Facultad Regional de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN), and the Centro de Emprendedorismo y Desarrollo Territorial Sostenible (CEDETS).
The opening conference was given by the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Ki-Chan Kim, who spoke on “Humane Entrepreneurship”. Also Geoff Archer, President of the Canadian Council for Small Business, CCSB; was present and developed his workshop on “Lean Proof: An Overview of Five Cutting Edge Concepts Entrepreneurship Research in Support of Lean Startup”.
There were two plenary sessions, the first one was on Wednesday about “SMEs and Regional Development” by Silvia Gorenstein (UNS), Jorge Motta (UNC), Graciela Landriscini (UNCOMA), Leandro Lepratte (UTN, Concepcion del Uruguay) and Daniel Hoyos (UNICEN, Tandil). The second one took place on Thursday on the Teaching of the recent evolution of entrepreneurial development, by Geoff Archer (Victoria University), José Porras (CEDETS – UPSO), Antonio Terceño (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Juan José Giménez Moreno (University Castilla La Mancha).
Then the conference continued with the presentation and discussion about “Analysis and perspectives of regional development programs in Argentina and Brazil” by Marcelo Mattos (UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil), Hernán Braude (Unidad para el Cambio Rural, UCAR, Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca) and Manuel Gonzalo (UNGS / UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil).
The last part of the event was the closing conference of Martin Abeles, Director of the CEPAL office (Buenos Aires) and then the meeting finished with the awards ceremony.
In this edition, the ICSB prize was given to the best research work, which was shared by “The role of linkages on the development of firms’ capabillity. A social network analysis of Argentine software industry” by Mariano Pereira, Diana Suárez and Florencia Barletta and “Correlations between characteristics of innovation, proximity and competitive performance footwear companies: Case Jaú” by Boris A. Villamil-Ramírez y Renato García.
Also the CITES award was given to “Research and innovation networks at the pole of the cultural industry and creative arts UNICEN (PICARC)” Constanza Diaz Bilotto and Maria Isabel Camio, as the best entrepreneurial development.
The next Annual Meeting will be held in the city of Tandil, Argentina, organized by Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNICEN), and will be held from 28 to 30 September 2016.
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Greetings from the ICSB Immediate Past President, Dr. Jeffrey R. Alves.
One of my roles as the Immediate Past-President is the chairing of the Nominating Committee for the next slate of officers. We have made the election process as transparent as possible; and it follows Article VII; Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) By-Laws.
I ask that all ICSB members please take a moment and VOTE for the individuals who will drive the organization to next level in 2015-2016! The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.
The current ICSB Board of Directors are:
- President – Ruben Ascua (Argentina)
- President-Elect – Ki-Chan Kim (S.Korea)
- Immediate Past-President – Jeffrey Alves (USA)
- Senior Vice-President, Finance & Control – Geralyn Franklin (USA)
- Senior Vice-President, Development – Luca Iandoli (Europe)
- Affiliate Representative – Alex DeNoble (USA)
- Affiliate Representative – Lu Feicheng (China)
- Affiliate Representative – Sandra Altner (Canada)
- Affiliate Representative – Helle Neergaard (Europe)
- Affiliate Representative – Ki-Chan Kim (Korea)
- Wilford White Fellows and Past-President Representative – G. Dale Meyer (USA)
- Vice-President, Historian – J. Hanns Pichler (Europe)
This year’s election is the second to occur under the new Board structure and the only position open for this year’s election is President-Elect. The positions of SVP, Finance & Control and SVP, Development carry two (2) year terms and were elected last year.
Members can vote online via this form, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax/mail to the ICSB International Office (IO) at 202-994-4930.
Please note: The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.