|The stunning view in Mendoza|
While in class before the trip, teams of students researched the various companies to delve into the issues we learned about when it comes to doing business in Argentina. With constant challenges of intense government involvement, surging inflation (with a large gap between the official rate… and reality), balance of trade regulations, and a turbulent economic and political history, the Argentine businessmen and women have developed incredible resourcefulness to navigate through these issues. These themes came through at each of the companies we visited.
Kelley MBA at the Staples headquarters in Argentina
After a casual lunch in the hip, colorful neighborhood of Palermo Soho, we spent the afternoon with a mobile app start-up sharing our ideas with the entrepreneurs. In the true spirit of Argentina, we learned about the wine industry and business of vineyard ownership with Vines of Mendoza company.
Having the opportunity to spend two weeks in Argentina, and experiencing the country after learning so much about it in class, is an opportunity I am thankful for. While I gained a new perspective on international business than what I originally sought, I did so while learning to dance the tango at an authentic tango club, sipping malbec, walking the streets of Buenos Aires, dancing to a live improve drum show, volunteering for a day at an orphanage, and exploring a new country with my Kelley community.