Francisco L. Roman Jr., DBA
Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business, AIM
Professor Francisco L. Roman, DBA, has been associated with AIM since 1970. He is currently teaching in the W.SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB). Until September 2007, he served as the Associate Dean of the Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE). Concurrently, he is the Executive Director of the RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (RVR-CSR) and the Coordinator of the Journal Research Group. Prior to ACE, Prof. Roman taught with the faculty of the Center for Development Management (CDM) at AIM—focusing on applying competitiveness concepts and methodology in the development context.
He was the Executive Director of the Hills Governance Program (HGP), under the Ramon V. del Rosario (RVR) Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, of which he is a Senior Fellow. As the HGP Executive Director, Prof. Roman supervised fund-raising, undertook cases and research and ran forums on various issues and industries—corruption in the military and textbook purchasing, responsible mining, and whistle blowing. Prof. Roman’s work linked CSR and governance. Prof. Roman has been involved in all AIM’s programs---its graduate school, executive programs, and in its development management and entrepreneurship centers.
As both an educator and a consultant, Prof. Roman has been engaged in teaching in degree and non-degree programs since 1970 not only in the Philippines but also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, India, and in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS)—in Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia.
While at AIM, Prof. Roman twice worked in the predominantly Muslim area of Mindanao, from 1995-1997 when he was the Executive Director of the AIM Washington SyCip Policy Forum and also from 2004-2006. His activities in 2004-2006 for AIM included capacity-building programs in ARMM under USAID and the JAICA. The work consisted of training programs for, and consultations, with the top and middle level executives and decision-makers in local government in the region on conflict resolution and good governance to promote economic growth. In 2007, Prof. Roman began collaborating with a colleague who developed a model for bridging societal divides in conflict areas. He also worked with the World Bank to prepare an e-learning module and cases on governance reform.
Until he went on leave to work on the USAID project (from 2002-2004), Prof. Roman was the Co-Chairman of AIM’s General Management Area, in charge of developing the course design and research agenda in Asia for that area. This task included research and consulting on industry competitiveness and corporate strategy under conditions of globalization and liberalization in the Philippines, and in the ASEAN. He evolved a model of GM for developing countries, through an understanding of three critical “economic environments”—the old “bricks-and-mortar” economy, the new IT economy, and the international/global economy.
As a Project Consultant, Prof. Roman started life as a labor economist and in 2005 and 2006, he worked on two USAID projects on the Global Work Force Improvement Project involving jobs of Out-of-School Youth (OSY) in the southern (Muslim) Philippines, and in Cambodia to assess prospects for youth employment in the context of jobless growth. Moreover, with his Agribusiness academic background and professional experience, in 2007 he was an Agribusiness Development consultant for an Integrated Area Development Project for a southeastern province in Viet Nam. In 2008, Prof. Roman was a project consultant for rehabilitating the sugar industry in Bihar (India) and he was an investment consultant for the feasibility to open two restaurants in New York City: one for US$ 6M. in Manhattan and another for US$ 3M in Brooklyn.
From 2002-2004, Prof. Roman worked on competitive strategy as Chief-of-Party for the Thailand Competitiveness Initiative (TCI), and Regional Competitiveness Specialist, South East Asia Competitiveness Initiative, a project funded by USAID, under contract with a Washington-based development consulting firm, James Austin Associates. The work involved developing industry competitiveness in small and medium-sized firms in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). Prof. Roman worked with TCI and the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) of Thailand on mapping and analyzing clusters in Thailand. From 2002-2004, he worked on several clusters in Thailand—tourism in Chiang Mai and Phuket, high-value agricultural produce for exports, digital content, marine food, gems, silk and handicrafts (OTOP). Through KIAsia and TCI, he also made presentations to the NESDB and BOI, and to industry associations such as FTI, on developing cluster competitiveness. As the Regional Specialist, he and the TCI team coordinated cluster activities with the Tonle Sap fish sector in Cambodia, the dragon fruit industry in southern Viet Nam, and began exploratory work on the silk sector in Laos and northeastern Thailand.
From 2000-2002, Prof. Roman was involved in a project with the Asia Foundation that developed over 100 cases in seven countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines. and Thailand) focusing on how NGOs can be market-competitive in order to be “weaned away” from dependence on donor funding. He also worked on a CIDA project on Policy Training and Technical Assistance and on a UNDP project on the Management of the Philippine Justice System. In earlier years, Prof. Roman undertook research and consulting on social responsibility and governance in Asian family corporations—ranging from small and medium size enterprises to large conglomerates. He is a Director of a (family-controlled) development bank and a food-franchise in the Philippines. Prof. Roman was also the Executive Director of the AIM Washington SyCip Policy Forum, now renamed the AIM Policy Center. Activities focused on two inter-related programs, funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), on “Regional Competitiveness” in the sub-region now known as the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), and on a “Socio-Economic Development Plan” for Mindanao.
With respect to research, since 1968, Professor Roman has written and/or supervised 400 cases and notes on a wide range of functions—strategy, marketing and organization, and topics—agribusiness, entrepreneurship, and CSR and Governance; the cases available in a separate file if requested. The bulk of the cases are on strategy at the industry and corporate levels, under different environments or conditions, such as governance for family firms, small and medium scale entrepreneurship as well as market strategies for large conglomerates, for for-profit companies and NGOs, agribusiness and manufacturing industries. He was a contributor or co-author in four books, on “Management in Developing Countries”, on “Small Enterprise Development in the Third World”, on the “Philippine Mutual Fund Industry”, and on “Family Corporations in Transition”. As the RVR Senior Fellow, he is a contributor to two books on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Philippines, “Doing Good in Business Matters”, and in a book on Governance in the Philippines, “The Power To Govern”, published in 2007. A book on Governance in Family Corporations will be published in 2008. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Asian Case Research Journal of the National University of Singapore.
Prof. Roman completed his Doctorate in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, in International Business, a field that studies multi-national enterprises, with a sub-specialization in Agribusiness in developing countries. He graduated from the Ateneo University with a BA in Economics and an MBA. He completed is MA in Economics from the University of Hawaii, East West Center. He received certificates from the International Teachers’ Programme (ITP) at the Centre D’Enseignement Superieur Des Affaires, France, and from the German Foundation for International Development as a Lecturer on Competition Policy.