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Playing with FIRe: Dr. Teehankee highlights responsible business and management research in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, consisting of many promising emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, to name a few, has also brought a different level of complexity to the world today. One of which is the conduct of business and management research in the era of the FIR.

During a plenary session in the 6th National Business and Management Conference, De La Salle University Full Professor Dr. Benito Teehankee highlights responsible business and management research in the era of the FIR.

The FIR is a confluence of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and robotics, among many others. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, emphasizes that “the Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect the very existence of our human experience”.

Following this fast-paced development, Dr. Teehankee elucidates that a “responsibility turn” or shift in the conduct of business and management research must take place. In a position paper titled “A vision for responsible research in business and management: Striving for useful and credible knowledge”, Dr. Teehankee shares several challenges that need to be addressed, as well as the solutions and current initiatives taking place.

To move forward, Dr. Teehankee suggests prioritizing research that enable business practice to be a positive agent for human and social development and look at how benefits from the FIR can be optimized and its potential harms mitigated. Promoting a critical and ethical view towards big data and business analytics are also suggested by Dr. Teehankee.

DLSU CBRD, PAoM hold 6NBMC

The DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD), in partnership with the Philippine Academy of Management (PAoM), held the 6th National Business and Management Conference (6NBMC) last November 9 to 10 at DLSU – Manila.

The theme for the 6NBMC is “Sparking a digital economy: The use of technology in business and management for innovation, inclusivity, and integration”. Its main goal is to discuss and assess recent developments in technology and how this impacts the conduct of business and management.

Apart from the digital economy, other themes and areas were also included in the conference such as social entrepreneurship, new business models, resilience building in disaster-vulnerable environments, and sustainable tourism. These are conducted through plenary sessions with industry practitioners and the academe, research parallel sessions, capability building sessions, and round table discussions.

Among the distinguished speakers during the keynote address and plenary sessions include DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Girard Tan, BPI Direct BanKo Inc. President Mr. Jerome Minglana, DLSU Full Professor Dr. Benito Teehankee, Hungry Workhorse President Mr. Reynaldo Lugtu Jr., and Grab Philippines Country Marketing Head Ms. Cindy Toh.

On the other hand, among the professors who conducted the capability building sessions include Associate Professor Dr. Gerardo Largoza for “Experimental Design for Business Research” and Asia-Pacific Social Science Review Editor Dr. Romeo Lee for “Effective Work Habits in Research and Publishing”.

Now on its sixth year, the NBMC serves as a platform for faculty members and graduate students of Philippine business schools to engage in scholarly research and undergo a presentation and critique of their ideas. It also attempts to establish linkages and networks so as to spur collaboration in different areas such as humanistic management, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, and disaster resilience, to name a few.

CBRD, BDS conduct sharing session on case study research

The DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD) and Business Doctoral Society (BDS) held a sharing session on case study research by Ms. Bianca Villar on November 20, 2018. Villar presented her dissertation titled “Architecting purpose-driven improvisation towards organizational effectiveness in extreme environments: Case narratives from organizations during Typhoon Haiyan”.

The dissertation positions itself within the scholarly conversations on organizing processes in disaster environments. In particular, the main research inquiry is ‘how does the interaction of individual and collective level attributes among improvised actions of the organizations explain how they can realize their goals, i.e. be effective, in extreme contexts?’. Using a case strategy approach, it surfaces narratives of two profiles of organizations that were critical to the response and recovery phase of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan.

Bianca Villar is a PhD Candidate and an EU Marie Curie Fellow in the Group of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management (GREITM) at La Salle – Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain. Her current research lies at the intersection of organization studies and disaster science, where she is primarily interested in exploring organizing processes in disaster environments.

The sharing session was attended by doctoral students of DLSU and by faculty members from Holy Angel University and the Asia Pacific College.

DLSU partners with CBSUA for 5th National Business and Management Conference

   

De La Salle University (DLSU) and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), in collaboration with the Philippine Academy of Management (PAoM), successfully held the 5th National Business and Management Conference (NBMC 2017) on November 17-18, 2017 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Grassroots: Towards responsible management and sustainable business practices”.

Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, President of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) and President of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), was the conference’s keynote speaker. In his presentation titled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”: the Role of Philippine Business and Academia”, Luistro talked about the PBSP’s long-term program that utilizes a multifaceted approach aimed at moving the poorest Filipino families from survival to subsistence to self-sufficiency. The goal is to eradicate extreme poverty in 2030.

The conference’s other plenary speaker was Dr. Feorillo Petronilo A. Demeterio III, Director of the DLSU University Research Coordination Office (URCO), who talked about “Building a Research Culture in Philippine HEIs: Opportunities and challenges”. He presented several models that Philippine universities can use as a model for promoting research in their respective institutions.

Spearheaded by the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD), the conference attracted business and management faculty members and graduate students from colleges and universities all over the Philippines. CBRD worked closely with the following CBSUA administrators: CBSUA President Dr. Georgina J. Bordado, Vice President for Research and Development Dr. Josephine F. Cruz, and College of Economics and Management Dean Ms. Cresilda Caning.

 

CCRES Business Analysis team holds meeting at DLSU

 

Key members of the Business Analysis Team of the Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project paid a courtesy visit to DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Tan on June 9, 2016 before proceeding with its team meeting. Present were Dr. Mark Milstein of Cornell University, Dr. Sue McAvoy of University of Queensland, and Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy and Dr. Raymund Habaradas of De La Salle University. CCRES, a project funded by the World Bank, aims to understand how communities currently use and interact with ecosystem services, and how these interactions, along with external factors, have led to current problems such as resource degradation, resource use conflicts, failed or dwindling livelihoods or persistent poverty.

The project team from the Philippines, which was formed by the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (DLSU-CBRD), serves as the CCRES project local partner, and is tasked to help collect data, analyze, and evaluate how several key existing business sectors are structured and currently function within the local El Nido economy. DLSU-CBRD will also coordinate with the CCRES country coordinator and supporting organizations from the local community, as well as business/management researchers from both Cornell University (Cornell) and the University of Queensland (UQ) business schools.

Other lead researchers of the team from the Philippines are Dr. Jesusa Marco and Dr. Andrea Santiago. Field researchers from the Philippines include DLSU faculty members Dr. Reynaldo Bautista Jr., Shieradel Jimenez, Liza Fumar, and Perry Carl Lim.

Del Rosario talks about Catholic Social Thought (CST) and business

I am a Catholic and I am a businessman! So spoke Mr Ramon del Rosario Jr. in the plenary speech he gave on February 27, 2015 during the 9th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education, which is co-organized by De La Salle University, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, and Ateneo de Manila University.

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DLSU signs MOA with Women’s Business Council Philippines

   

De La Salle University signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Women’s Business Council Philippines (WBCP) on December 2, 2014. The MOA sets the stage for the conduct of a research project titled ‘Inventory of women entrepreneurship studies in the Philippines’, which aims to come up with a comprehensive inventory of studies on women entrepreneurship in the Philippines that policy makers, government agencies, non-government organizations, and other research institutions could tap as a resource for their decision making and for the implementation of their activities. The project will be undertaken by a team led by Dr. Divina Edralin of the Management and Organization Department.

Signatories for DLSU are Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Girard Tan and Center for Business Research and Development (CBRD) Director Dr. Raymund B. Habaradas. Signing for WBCP are its President Ms. Pacita Juan and its Vice President Ms. Chiqui Escareal-Go.

Is there room for responsible management and sustainable business in a borderless world?

This was the question that the 2nd National Business and Management Conference (NBMC) sought to answer through a presentation of different researches and papers by faculty members, researchers and graduate students coming from different universities in Luzon and Visayas.  The 2nd NBMC was held last October 17-18, 2014 at the Andrew Gonzalez Hall, De La Salle University, and tackled various topics related to the theme “Responsible management and sustainable business in a borderless world”.

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Zamagni talks about globalization, poverty, business, and CST

  

Is there a relationship between globalization, poverty, business and Catholic Social Teaching?  This was the question that Stefano Zamagni of the University of Bologna and John Hopkins University, SAIS Europe tackled in his plenary speech on February 26, 2014, the first day of the 9th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought (CST) and Business Education, which was held at De La Salle University. Zamagni reflected on the relationship between globalization and poverty, approaches to cope with poverty, role of business on the scandal of poverty and offered some practical suggestions based on the CST.

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