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Management and Career Research Looks at Latin America

Press Release No. 195/2010
9 September 2010
Researchers from the Institute for Sociology work with Brazilian counterparts

Academics working in the field of management and career research at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Sociology are expanding their studies to Latin America. They are concentrating on the social origin, careers and action styles of top managers as well as career systems. The university will host sociologists Prof. Dr. Alvaro Augusto Comin from São Paulo and Prof. Dr. Paulo Neves Costa from Curitiba in September for the purpose of professional exchange. The Heidelberg team led by Prof. Dr. Markus Pohlmann is already working on research questions on organisation and management in Germany, the USA, and East Asia.


Prof. Dr. Alvaro Augusto Comin
Prof. Dr. Paulo Neves Costa

Alvaro Augusto Comin is a professor of organisational sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo and a senior researcher at the CEBRAP research facility, the Brazilian Institute for Analysis and Planning. His work is focussed on managers of innovative companies in Brazil. Paulo Neves Costa is investigating the link between the economy and politics at the level of individual actors.  He is a professor of political sociology at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba. Their stay in Germany is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research within the framework of the German-Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2010/2011.

The studies being conducted under the direction of Prof. Pohlmann are focussed on economic, organisational and industrial sociology. One of the topics is the change in composition and recruitment of top managers and the resulting changes in an organisation. The results of the academic exchange will be presented and discussed in a workshop on 21 September 2010.

Prof. Comin will discuss the role and significance of the São Paulo metropolis in Brazil’s national development in a lecture entitled “Southern Cities: Locomotives or Wagons of National Development”,  to be given in English on 27 September 2010 at the Institute for Sociology, Bergheimer Straße 58, Room 00.024. It is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Markus Pohlmann
Institute for Sociology, phone 06221/54-2971

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