About the Conference

You are invited to participate in the 9th Quest for Global Competitiveness Conference - 2014 (Q9). Q9, sponsored by the School of Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, will be held from March 13-14, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Theoretical, empirical and practical papers in all areas of business and related fields are welcome. English and Spanish language sessions will be held.

Q9 welcomes theoretical, empirical and practical submissions in all areas of business and related fields from researchers, business leaders, academics, industry specialists, and practitioners interested in advancing global competitiveness.

This year's Conference Executive Committee is encouraging submissions related to e-commerce, social networks, IT, whether related to business, economics, science, humanities, education, or any other area. Panel proposals are also welcome and may be theoretical or practice-oriented.


The purpose of the Conference is threefold:

1. To provide a meeting place for academicians and practitioners to share knowledge that prompts strategic actions for innovation and sustainable global competitiveness.

2. To forge mutually beneficial partnerships between academicians and practitioners with the aim of making business research more relevant.

3. To build a community of scholars interested in research relevant to the business community.


Important Dates

NEW Deadline for submissions - November 30, 2013
Notification of accepted proposals - First weeks of January, 2014
Pre-Registration (10% discount from the advanced registration) - By January 17, 2014


Registration Fees

(Subject to change)
Registration Early birds registration (by January 17, 2014) Advanced Registration (January 18, 2014 to March 7, 2014) Late & On-site Registration (After March 8, 2014)
Company showcase(2 participants) $800 $900 $1,000
Members of the business community* $270 $300 $345
BONA-FIDE faculty (local and international)* $180 $200 $230
BONA-FIDE Students* $90 $100 $115
Spouse/Partner/Guest $90 $100 $115
* speakers and attendees

Refund Policy:

Cancellation deadlines:
1. To receive 80% refund - Before January 17, 2014
2. To receive 50% refund - Between January 17 & February 28, 2014

Under no circumstances will refunds be issued after March 1, 2014. If, however, it becomes impossible for you to attend after March 1, you may optionally transfer your registration to an alternate participant.



Conference Executive Committee

Yvonne Huertas, President
Quest for Global Competitiveness Conference

Dr. Anibal Baez, Director
Center for Business Research and Academic Inititatives

Ing. José J. Goico, Director
International Business Education Center

Dra. Wanda Mattei, Coordinator
Doctoral Consortium

Dra. Marisela Santiago Coordinator
Doctoral Consortium

Program Chair Contact Information

Prof. Yvonne Huertas
Address: PO Box 23332
San Juan, PR 00931-3332
Tel. (787) 764-0000 ext. 3931 and 3930 | Fax (787) 772-1462
email:quest.conference@upr.edu

Keynote Speakers

Eugenio_Torres_Oyola
Licenciado Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

Mr. Torres-Oyola is a Capital Member of Ferraiuoli and the Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. As such, he concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology, and entertainment law.

Since 2001, Mr. Torres-Oyola is an adjunct professor of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where he has taught elective courses in Patent Law Practice, Cyber Law, and International Patent Law Practice. He is currently teaching an Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic course and heads the University of Puerto Rico Law School's Intellectual Property Institute.

More information


Maristella_Collazo_Soto
Licenciada Maristella Collazo Soto

Mrs. Collazo-Soto is a Member of Ferraiuoli, she joined the firm in September 2010 as part of the intellectual property and litigation departments, focusing her practice in litigation and consulting matters within the intellectual property industry. Her main areas of practice currently include: intellectual property, commercial litigation, and corporate law as related to intellectual property matters. Given her background in business and intellectual property, Mrs. Collazo-Soto has become highly skillful in advising clients in matters related to patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, right of publicity, and the negotiation and drafting of newspaper, software, copyright and trademark licensing agreements.

Mrs. Collazo-Soto has successfully represented clients in multiple patent infringement, unfair trade, trademark infringement, and counterfeit cases in Puerto Rico and in the Eastern District of Texas.

More information


Julizzette_Colon_Bilbraut
Julizzette Colon-Bilbraut, Esquire

Julizzette Colon has more than 12 years of legal practice in Puerto Rico. She is an expert in social networking, a digital marketing advisor and founder of the first firm of consulting and implementation of social intelligence in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Monitor SN. Her practice focuses on advising online businesses, legal compliance in the digital market, digital intellectual property, privacy of data, social networking and cyber disputes.

More information (Spanish)


Flag Counter