International Speaker Series Luncheon: Ariel Casarin
Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice A
Presentation Title: "The World Is Not Legally Flat: Non-Market Strategies in Legal Arenas for International Business"
The more dynamic and innovative a business strategy, the more likely that a firm will encounter opportunities and face challenges in legal arenas. In this discussion, Dr. Ariel Casarin will present how legal arenas offer firms non-market strategies to manage risks and increase realizable value vis a vis other players in the value chain. Non-market strategies in legal arenas are not a lawyer's redoubt. Laws regulate and constrain activities, but they also offer routes that managers can use as part of their market and non-market strategies, as every legal dispute is a business problem affecting the risk-reward ratio of a given venture. Non-market strategies in legal arenas should thus be integrated into the overall strategy of the firm and conditional on market and other nonmarket strategies, the nature of competition and the features of the institutional environment, both political and legal. Differences across countries in the rule of law, procedural formalism, judicial independence and legal enforcement are relevant for the formulation of non-market strategies. We, therefore, will take a macro-institutional perspective and revisit features of countries’ legal environments and the consequent implications for firms’ non-market strategies in legal domains.
Ariel Casarin is an Associate Professor at IAE Business School in Argentina, ranked as one of the top MBA programs worldwide by the Financial Times and others. Dr. Casarin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Warwick Business School, a MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick, and a MSc in Finance from CEMA University. He has authored academic publications and has received awards for his research and academic performance.