The paper aims to present a very personal view of some of the socio‐economic problems and challenges faced by workers, managers and organisations in South America. It also aims to stimulate further dialogue, research and exchange of ideas with South American academics that are exploring alternative ways of representing organisation (studies) on the Continent.
The paper is a personal narrative account of the author's experience of doing research in South America and the conversations he had with different individuals about working, managing and organising in this part of the globe.
The author's experience here shows more than ever the need to enhance our understanding of what others around the world are experiencing in order to inform better our theories and to appreciate the consequences of our business practices. Especially, it gives an idea of the effects economic globalisation is having in the region and how it is affecting local communities.
This paper is not about research per se but a researcher's journey and, as such, is a very personal and rich account of what was experienced in the field, i.e. South America.
The paper conveys some provocative thoughts upon which to generate more debate on global business practices and its consequences in the “periphery” of the world. Equally, it reveals the need for a more continuous dialogue among academics in both hemispheres to tackle some of these pressing environmental, economic and social problems that affect us all.
Miguel Imas, J. (2006), "Postcard from South America: experiencing organisation at the end of the world", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 58-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422040610644162Download as .RIS
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