Message from the Dean



The issues and the challenge of sustaining Asian development are among the things that the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (Zuellig School) at AIM aims to address. It embodies the institute's mission to form next-generation development managers who can lead organizations and communities in ways that foster both economic growth and human development. 

About development management

Development management is the art of applying management science tools, techniques, and methods to the delivery of development programs for public good. The tools and techniques are not different from management in the corporate world; the different is in the context where development focuses on public goods and policy as opposed to private goods and services.

Significant synergy between business and development

The line between business and development is becoming increasingly blurred in today’s changing times, and what was once considered the responsibility of the government is now being offered by the private sector.

For instance, private firms like Manila Water and Maynilad have taken over the distribution of water and sewerage services from the government-owned Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, which has now merely taken on a regulatory role. By the same token, provident funds introduced by the government such as the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System much be run as credible organizations with the end-in-view of maximizing returns on investment and safeguarding the funds, in the same way private companies are required to manage its shareholders’ funds.

Development management at AIM is about delivering services and seeking market solutions to public problems. At the same time, these market solutions must also propose system-wide solutions lest the poor and marginalized be excluded from the gains of economic growth.

I like to think of business and development in today’s world as two sides of the same coin. 

Mission of the Zuellig School

Our new mission in the Zuellig School has been expanded to include work with emerging nations towards building a national corps of public managers who can manage public service delivery programs, including poverty alleviation projects.

We are offering the Zuellig School as a partner to Asian governments in developing and implementing programs to help build a corps of senior government and NGO managers who can deliver development in-country.


Prof. Juan Miguel M. Luz
Dean, Dr. Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management