Paola Perez-Aleman is Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization. Her research and teaching focus on enterprise development in emerging and developing economies. Her current projects are in three areas: 1) understanding the emergence and growth of enterprise clusters and networks and how they foster firm competitiveness; 2) studying inter-firm network coordination processes that help build technological capabilities among local enterprises in developing countries; and 3) investigating how global supply chains manage the challenges of implementing sustainability standards among poorer enterprises in developing economies. Her studies explore a variety of enterprises as well as relationships between large and small firms, foreign and indigenous business, government, and non-government organizations, specifically in Latin America. Her research has been at the forefront in linking the study of entrepreneurial growth with wider socio-economic development processes.
Professor Perez-Aleman has consistently contributed to integrate and expand international management teaching at McGill. She has also fostered the integration of social and economic development dimensions into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. She created two courses, Strategic Management in Developing Countries (MBA) and Strategies for Developing Countries (BCom), that prepare students to understand and manage the challenges facing enterprises, government, and non-government organizations operating in developing economies. In addition, she created a PhD seminar on International Business and Government that examines different modes of governance and business-government dynamics in an increasingly complex global environment. She also designed the International Business core course, required for all Management undergraduate students. With the Aspen Institute, she co-led an initiative to integrate social and environmental impact management into the Desautels MBA core.
In recognition for her work, Professor Perez-Aleman has received numerous awards, including those from the McArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation, as well as research grants from the Fond Quebecois pour la Recherche Scientifique et Culturelle (FQRSC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She has worked as a research consultant with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, and the United Nations Fund for Women. Her articles have been published in Industrial and Corporate Change, World Development, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Business and Politics, California Management Review, and Organization Science.