New JGSOM Dean eyes global competitiveness through research

July 05, 2016
Dr. Dumlao's new office at the JGSOM building

The Ateneo’s John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM) has the biggest student population among all the Loyola Schools (LS) and it is considered as one of the country’s most established business schools.

JGSOM has won numerous local and global competitions and it is the home of many successful entrepreneurs today.

With the appointment of Dr. Luis Dumlao as its new Dean, they aim to accomplish and reach even greater heights in the years to come.

Road to global competitiveness
Dr. Dumlao is a senior research fellow at the Macroeconomic Research Unit of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD). He is also a member of the core group that assesses the output of the Ateneo Macroeconomic Forecasting Model.

He has served the University in various capacities including as Chairperson of the Economics Department, as a member of the LS school council, budget committee, discipline committee and curriculum committee.

He envisions SOM embarking on a bigger mission, which is to be globally competitive through research.

“What that entails is, as much as SOM is a school with great pedagogy and with so much extension in terms of sustainability, entrepreneurship, social enterprise and service learning, we have to do more research,” he says.

Dr. Dumlao thinks that research is the plus factor needed in SOM. Beyond becoming the best business school in this country, they also want to be competitive with the rest of the world.

He adds that research for SOM is essential not because it is the most important thing but because JGSOM has already established itself.

"I've seen nothing but support from people. They're going to be with me all throughout." Dr Dumlao says

“We are the best business school,” he says. “(Now) we want to develop our own, stronger research culture.”

Dr. Dumlao also says that SOM contributes so much to data gathering and to sharing what they know to the rest of the society through its business centers but they can extend this sharing of knowledge even more.

“We can do it ourselves,” he says, “but we can be more successful if we go with the social scientists, the humanities and collaborate with science and engineering.”

He also believes that the SOM community is a fully-functioning school that exercises a lot of cura personalis, a distinctive Atenean trait that means care for the person.

“The service learning here is tremendous,” he says. “Everyone here does it out of passion and I can’t thank them enough. This is what makes it the best.”

Dr. Dumlao says that he’s had nothing but support since his appointment on June 1, 2016.

He also looks up to God for guidance to be able to be a “good dean” and lead the school towards global competitiveness.

The bridge connecting the JGSOM and CTC buildings

At the end of his 3-year term, he says he sees himself missing his students.

“I’ve taught in the past and I’ve seen people succeed,” he says. “Seeing my students and seeing them become what they are, I think when all is said and done, that is me.”

He also describes himself as a facilitator rather than one who leads from top to bottom. With everyone in SOM already standing where they are, it’s a huge head start.

Finally, Dr. Dumlao praises the SOM community for its achievements and says that he can’t wait to be working with them.

“I look forward to working together, whatever it takes for us to succeed as much as we are already succeeding,” Dr. Dumlao says. “We are all in this together, we are all JGSOM together.”