Prof. Suzana Rodrigues


Suzana Braga Rodrigues is Emeritus Professor of International Business and Organization at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. She is Professor of International Strategy at FUMEC, Brazil. She holds a PhD degree in Management Studies from Bradford Management School, University of Bradford, UK. In 1985, Suzana obtained a Fulbright Scholarship for post-doctoral studies in the USA.

Suzana is a high-performer member of Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). In September 2013, her work was recognized by a significant honour from Erasmus University: the Professor Suzana Rodrigues Erasmus University-Fulbright Scholarship. She has also won several awards for her contribution to management research and education in Brazil. Suzana has published in Human Relations, Journal of International Management, Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Management and Governance, Organization Review, Management International Review, and Organization Studies. In 2009, her book Corporate Co-evolution: A Political Perspective (co-authored with John Child) won one of the most prestigious awards in the management field: the Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management. Her latest book, Coevolution Dynamics (Child, Tse and Rodrigues, 2013), presents an in-depth analysis of the market and non-market strategies of the Yantian Port in China. She is currently guest editor of JIBS special issue on International Business Responses to Institutional Voids.


Resumo da palestra: Emerging markets have achieved fast growth rates over the past 10 years, but they still lag behind developed countries in several key areas such as human development, institutional competence, transparency levels and other social features. Prof. Rodrigues will argue that the dominant academic view of economic growth in markets providing superior mechanisms to incentivise economic activity is not always helpful.

The professor will define the concept of institutional voids and discuss some examples mainly in the Brazilian context and propose a model that puts together factors explain how they emerge, in order to indicate how institutions and organizations can address the issue of voids.