Departamento de Organización y Gerencia
Maria Andrea De Villa, Professor at Universidad EAFIT, is PhD in Management – with focus in the field of strategy– from Cranfield University (United Kingdom), MBA, Marketing Specialist and International Negotiator from Universidad EAFIT. Professor De Villa participated in the executive programs "Global Strategic Management" at Harvard University (United States) and "Strategic Management Performance" at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She has also been a Visiting Research Professor at Warwick University (United Kingdom) and Visiting Professor at University of Pula (Croatia) and Universidad ESAN (Peru).
Her PhD thesis was nominated to the Gunnar Hedlund Award 2012-2014 in the category of best PhD thesis in the world on international business by the European International Business Academy and the Stockholm School of Economics. Her paper "Taxonomy of adaptive political strategies: Managing host political contexts in emerging economies" won the Best Paper Award in the 2014 Academy of International Business Conference. The following are some of Professor De Villa's publications: "Market entry modes in a multipolar world: Untangling the moderating effect of the political environment" in International Business Review; "The mirror trap: Do managerial perceptions influence organizational responses to crises?" in Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración (the official journal of the Latin American Council of Schools of Management); and the book "Casos de Administración, Realidades Colombianas" (Management Cases, Colombian Realities).
Her doctoral research was conducted within the Grupo Nutresa and includes more than 30 food companies (both local and foreign) with headquarters or branches in Colombia and with sales in Venezuela, Ecuador or Nicaragua, such as: Pepsico, Kellogg's, Nestlé, Cadbury, the Bimbo Group, among other. During her coordination of PROCOLOMBIA's Expopyme program, Professor De Villa was involved in the consulting of the international strategies of more than 250 companies. She has also been the Director of AAC Logistics, where she was involved in the coordination of exports and logistic operations of companies such as Ford, Gerber, Nokia and Ecopetrol.
Her research focuses on the development of dynamic capabilities and strategies to address the non-market environment by firms internationalizing in high political uncertainty contexts. Also, she studies top managers' corporate-level international strategy decision-making.
Strategic management, global strategy, corporate political activity, non-market strategy, business-government relations, top management.
Doctorado en Administración en Cranfield University.
Tesis: Developing adaptive political capabilities for high political uncertainty contexts: A study of strategic responses in the international operations of food firms in Latin America.
De Villa. 2016. From Multilatina to Global Latina: Unveiling the corporate-level international strategy choices of the Grupo Nutresa. Ad-minister, 29 p. 23-57.