Business History, Business Groups, Evolution of the Firm, entrepreneurship, Latin America
Beatriz holds degrees of Economics (BSc) from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and Economic History (MSc) from LSE (UK). She worked as Director of Special Projects at Portafolio-Casa Editorial El Tiempo (Colombia). Afterwards, she joined the School of Management Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) as junior lecturer and member of their History, Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group.
She specializes in business history. More specifically, her current research focuses on the evolution of the business system during the twentieth century in Latin America, with a special emphasis in Colombia. However, her interests span many more economic history and entrepreneurship topics, as her past reviews for the NEPHIS Blog and her current membership of the Centre for Globalisation Research show. She has been student representative of 2016 PhD cohort and is the current Economic History Society student ambassador for QMUL.
Her doctoral research is an attempt to rethink the manner in which financial and real variables interact to form a variety of ownership structures. Her PhD aims to deliver the means by which developing economies evolved from a loose aggregation of small firms to a large, complex, and strongly concentrated corporate governance system by focusing on the evolution of business groups in Colombia after 1950.
Her project answers to the questions on: What accounts for the origin of BGs in developing countries during the second half of the twentieth century? What are the characteristics of the Colombian BGs, 1950-1980? What was the relationship between the sources of capital and the creation of internal markets in BGs? What were the effects of new financial institutions and commercial banks’ functions in the BGs’ investment choices?