Zuellig School Philosophy


Zuellig School Philosophy

The AIM Zuellig School for Development Management (ZSDM or Zuellig School) believes that resolving political, societal and economic issues involves the active engagement of three key stakeholders in development: the state, the private sector, and civil society. If the developing world is to successfully meet the needs of the greater number of the world’s poor and promote human development, human capital formation is required, alongside the creation and continuous upgrading of responsive functioning systems and institutions in all sectors of society.

The development manager as envisioned by the Zuellig School is not a bureaucrat who operates alone. Instead he or she is a public leader whose effectiveness will greatly depend on his or her ability to manage organizations within a society and to motivate others to espouse the same ideals for human development. The development manager leads change for the better beginning with themselves before they can affect change for their organizations and society. Thus, our philosophy:


Change Yourself is about professional growth and self-mastery as a change agent.
Change Your Organization is about institutional effectiveness.
Change Society is about public leadership for common good.


Philosophy in Action


“MDM provides the theory and the practical experience of development work from different perspectives. The professors inspired us to work and think in different ways by broadening our world view and preparing us for global cooperation and collaboration. With rapid change in the international environment, MDM provided us with more confidence.”

— Lu Yao, MDM 2006
Network Coordinator, Yunnan Health and Development Association
People’s Republic of China



“The MDM program strengthened my leadership skills in and commitment to working for the poor.”

— Handoko Ngadiman, MDM 2008
Chief Operating Officer
PT. Sehati Integrasi Prima



“My MDM studies gave me a broader perspective for managing the health sector within the overall development context. It gave me different skills to be competent in different work environments and situations, and to be more responsive to the emerging challenges in the health sector.”

— Dr. Florence V. Tienzo, MDM 2002
Program Manager
Country Office for the Philippines, WHO