oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2010, Costa Rica

Focus 2010: Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Market Innovations

Date: 29 August – 3 September 2010

Location: Turrialba and Alajuela, Costa Rica

The second annual oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy provided PhD students and young scholars (PhD rewarded in last years) working on poverty and sustainable development from a management or economics perspective a platform to present and discussed their ongoing research projects with fellow students and senior faculty.

Research on inclusive business models, market development and sustainability at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) is a promising and challenging field for young researchers and PhD students. It calls for a multitude of methods, combination of disciplines in management and economics and new research designs, e.g. experimental development economics.

The 2010 academy focused, “Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Market Innovations”, aimed to attract papers fostering new ideas and solutions how businesses, governments and other stakeholders can actively account for environmental and social resources and limits when building markets that include the poor and create opportunities for human development. The event aimed to advance academic research on the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), development and governance issues, build networks across disciplinary boundaries and to prepare the ground for research that is relevant for both academic and business audiences.

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PhD students and young scholars may submitted papers or elaborated research proposals on:

• Development economics and fundamental basics of developing country markets;

• Business models, product-service systems and framework conditions for inclusive markets;

• BoP strategies in businesses and enterprises, including local and foreign ones;

• Interaction, education and outreach, partnerships and innovation networks;

• Environmental economics, governance regimes and management in poverty contexts;

• Poverty and sustainability impact assessment and evaluation.

The academy is organized by oikos Foundation in cooperation with the UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative and hosted by CATIE on its campus in Turrialba, Costa Rica. The final academy day will take place at INCAE Business School, who hosted and co-organized the final symposium on its campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica.


The programme encompasses graduate student presentations, guest lectures, professional development roundtables and social events. Feedback will be given by fellow students and three internationally well-reputed researchers:

  •        Claudio Boechat, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil
  •        Geoffrey M. Kistruck, The Ohio State University, United States
  •         Patricia Marquez, University of San Diego, United States

Flávia Alvim, Fundação Dom Cabral, International Business Research Centre, Brazil

Flávia Alvim

Fundação Dom Cabral, International Business Research Centre, Brazil

“The impact of multinational companies’ supply chain management on Brazilian small and medium enterprises: What role for corporate social responsibility?”

Raed Elaydi, Roosvelt University, Chicago, USA

Raed Elaydi

Roosvelt University, Chicago, USA

“1. The Three Tiers of Subsistence Market  Engagement”

“2. Targeting Generic Business Strategies for Poverty Alleviation”

Denis Griffin, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico

Denis Griffin

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico

“Loan Methodology, Gender, Environment, and the Creation of Capital by Mexican Microfinance Institutions”

Martin Herrndorf, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Martin Herrndorf

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

“Stories of Microinsurance: A study on strategy processes for reaching the Base of the Pyramid in Multinationals Companies and their network”

Sara Lindeman, Hanken School of Economis in Helsinki, Finland

Sara Lindeman

Hanken School of Economis in Helsinki, Finland

“Towards just and sustainable markets in poor urban slums? A practice-theoretical perspective to markets and market creation among urban poor”

Caitlin McElroy, Oxford University, UK

Caitlin McElroy

Oxford University, UK

“Inclusive business and corporate foundations for social development in the mining industry: Chains of social responsibility for sustainable inclusive business programs”

Annekatrin Meißner, University of Passau, Germany

Annekatrin Meißner

University of Passau, Germany

“Social Franchising as a possible contribution to reduce poverty? Opportunities and limits of a partnership between nonprofit organizations and companies in the context of global justice”

Christian Mejía, CENTRUM Católica Business Center, Peru

Christian Mejía

CENTRUM Católica Business Center, Peru

“Attracting investment to underdeveloped sectors: The case of aquaculture in Peru”

Inna Platonova, University of Calgary, Canada

Inna Platonova

University of Calgary, Canada

“International Development Partnerships and Off-Grid Renewable Energy Technology Diffusion in Developing Countries”

Daniel Schepis, University of Western, Australia

Daniel Schepis

University of Western Australia

“How Network Structure and Absorptive Capacity Affect Knowledge Transfer Within Indigenous Native Title Associations’ Networks”

Anand Sheombar, Manchester Metropolitan University & Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, UK

Anand Sheombar

Manchester Metropolitan University & Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

“Discovery of key factors that may influence the success of multinational ICT companies in Base of the Pyramid markets”

Arpaporn Sumrit, University of Cambridge, UK

Arpaporn Sumrit

University of Cambridge, UK

“Engendering Trade Liberalisation: Rural Women and the Rice Sector in Viet Nam”

Christopher Sutter, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Christopher Sutter

The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

“Routine replication among rural Nicaraguan dairy farmers”

Reza Zaefarian, University of Tehran, Iran

Reza Zaefarian

University of Tehran, Iran

“Innovative Partnership for New Product Development at the Bottom of the Pyramid”