About Business for Human Development Network (BHDN)

The Network is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students committed to contributing to the university’s mission to bridge faith and scholarship by supporting the global movement for humanistic, inclusive and socially responsible management through research, advocacy, and professional education.

The Network supports the College’s signatory commitment to the Principles of Responsible Management Education led by the United Nations Global Compact.  In particular:

Principle 4 | Research: We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value,

Principle 5 | Partnership: We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.

Principle 6 | Dialogue: We will facilitate and support dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

Target Outputs (per academic year)

  • Publish interdisciplinary and collaborative articles in scholarly journals, book chapters, and books
  • Publish regular advocacy columns in business dailies
  • Secure external funding for research and related projects
  • Organize scholarly, professional development and policy advocacy forum
  • Advocate public policy supportive of humanistic management
  • Produce teaching and training materials


The Network conducts critical realist, interdisciplinary research infused with Catholic social principles to understand the contexts and forces which influence business leaders in adopting more humanistic and socially responsible practices and the outcomes of such practices for the well-being of various stakeholders.  Research projects, both conceptual and empirical, include the development of multi-stakeholder models of business for educational and management development, case studies of humanistic and socially responsible managers and companies, developments in multi-stakeholder corporate governance policies and practices, among others. Currently, the network has two research assistants, namely Lerma B. Bautista, Alvin Neil A. Gutierrez, Miguel Paolo Paredes and Jose Tiburcio Canlas. They are currently DBA students who shared their research interests on critical realism, humanistic management, and responsible research.

Some publications produced under the goals of the Network are the following:


  • Teehankee, B. (2017, April). Building actionable knowledge for responsible management and sustainable business practice: The role of critical realism. DLSU Business Research Notes and Briefings, 5(4).
  • Teehankee, B. (2014). Tracing the history of the triple-bottom-line paradigm for business success.  In R. Habaradas & D. Daradar (Eds.), Rethinking business: Responsibility and sustainability; Governance and finance, (pp. 3-19). Manila: De La Salle University
  • Teehankee, B. (2014). Workplace spirituality.  In R. Hechanova, M. Teng-Calleja & V. Villaluz (Eds.), Understanding the Filipino worker and organization (pp. 250-255). Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University.
  • Abueg, L., Sauler, M. & Teehankee, B. (2014). Towards a common good model of the firm. DLSU Business and Economics Review, 24(1), 1-12.
  • Teehankee, B. (2013).  Institutionalizing faith-based management education in a Catholic university. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 31(2), 287-302.
  • Teehankee, B. (2011).  Corporate governance. In R. Santos (Ed.), Essentials of investments in the Philippine capital markets (2nd ed.), (pp.155-192). Las Piñas: Southville.
  • Teehankee, B. (2008). Humanistic entrepreneurship: An approach to virtue-based enterprise. Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 8(1), 89-110.
  • Teehankee, B. (2008). Why should corporations be socially responsible? In V. Santos (Ed.), Doing good in business matters: Frameworks (pp. 1-29 ). Makati: Asian Institution of Management.


  • Teehankee, B. (2017). Critical realist action research and humanistic management education.  Academy of Management Proceedings, 17(1), 13285.
  • Luisito Abueg, Gerardo Largoza, Mariel Monica Sauler, and Benito Teehankee.   “The impact of a common good model of the firm on prosocial business decision-making of students: An experimental investigation.” DLSU Research Congress 2016, March 7-9, 2016.
  • With Daradar, D. “Teaching socially responsible strategic management through a computer-based business simulation game”, DLSU Research Congress, March 7, 2014.
  • With Sauler, M. and Abueg, L. “Toward a common good model of the firm with suppliers, labor and consumers”. DLSU Research Congress 2014, March 7, 2014.


Interdisciplinary research supports the Network’s advocacy through business columns, fora, and dialogues with business leaders, recognition programs, collaborative projects with business-oriented organizations and policy advocacies with government agencies and legislative offices.

It collaborates with the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) in promoting socially responsible business practice and the Shareholders Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL) in promoting inclusive governance of publicly-listed corporations.  In partnership with SharePHIL, the network successfully petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to encourage corporate boards to attend to the needs of the corporations’ various stakeholders aside from stockholders.

The Network maintains the Managing for Society column in The Manila Times where faculty in management and related disciplines promote ideas and practices related to humanistic management.  It also contributes to the View from Taft column in BusinessWorld.

International linkages

The Network has active linkages with international groups pursuing organizational and management forms and practices which support human flourishing such as the Action Research Plus Network, the International Humanistic Management Association, the UN Principles the Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the Responsible Research for Business and Management network.

Managing for Society Columns for October:

Managing for Society Columns for September:

Managing for Society Columns for August:

Managing for Society Columns for July:


Dr. Benito Teehankee

Business for Human Development Network (BHDN) Head

Email address: benito.teehankee@dlsu.edu.ph


Lerma Butigan Bautista

Alvin Neil Areopagita Gutierrez

Miguel Paolo Paredes

Jose Tiburcio Canlas