Mission and Agenda

The intersection of business, politics, and economics is an important feature of contemporary events that may best studied from different standpoints. Yet interdisciplinary efforts at tackling this intersection and the implementation of research agendas to explore this connection are rare, especially in Latin America. While in the social sciences there exists a field called ―political economy‖ and many university departments of economics and business have incorporated the teaching of the role of politics in business, very little has been done to provide analytical spaces able to encourage such research.

The proposed Centro Interdisciplinario de Política, Negocios y Economía draws from the strengths of the Universidad del CEMA and establishes an interdisciplinary space where scholars, practitioners, and students can implement and develop projects involving these three areas of expertise. The CIPNE will be particularly associated with the interdisciplinary Maestría en Estudios Internacionales (MEI), but will be open to participation by faculty, students, and alumni from all UCEMA programs.

The CIPNE will collaborate with existing centers at UCEMA, strengthening UCEMA’s scope of research and educational opportunities:

  • Centro de Economía Aplicada (CEA)
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Management, Entrepreneurship e Inversión (CIMEeI)
  • Centro para el estudio de la Gobernancia del Sector Público y del Sector Privado
  • (CEGOPP)
  • Centro de Estudios de Organizaciones y Productividad (CEOP)
  • Centro de Economía de la Creatividad (CEC)

The CIPNE ́s central mission is to encourage the construction of research and educational agendas focusing on how and why the changing characteristics of national, regional, and international environments facilitate or hamper the connections between the state, the economy, business, and politics. Surely the particular context in which business connects with national politics and the way in which the economy influences this relation varies from country to country. Yet across Latin America and also in other regions countries face a number of common issues that affects the way business and economics connect with the political arena.

These include –but are not limited to— the ongoing economic problems affecting Europe and the United States, the recent prominence of China, the heightened importance of transnational corporations (TNCs) in and outside the region, and the changing nature of regional cooperation. The CIPNE will also promote the development of research projects on the growth of the state and the turn against neoliberal policies (with the exception of Chile) that, since the 1990s, have changed the relationship between private firms, business associations, and the state.

In order to further its agenda, the CIPNE will develop and consolidate interdisciplinary and international networks, building upon UCEMA’s present networks but also creating new ones. It will also develop policies and initiatives to promote and make better known the UCEMA as an institution of higher learning, including its educational programs and research initiatives. As part of its educational mission, the Center will offer training opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and professionals associated with UCEMA, in the region and abroad.

In particular, it will coordinate a variety of opportunities for research and professional training in Argentina, the region, and abroad. Many of these opportunities will be offered via our partnership with Capital Education, which offers a variety of training opportunities with a large variety of public and private sector organizations.

The CIPNE will also represent UCEMA in international and national forums, further scholarly exchanges with other similar centers and institutions of higher learning, and build networks with institutions and organizations within and outside academe (NGOs, professional associations, prestigious publishing houses, etc).