How We Evolved
The Management and Organization Department (MOD) is a synergy of two significant historic streams in business education in De La Salle University. The first stream emerged from the former Graduate School of Business which first offered the Master of Business Education Program in 1960 and the Doctor of Management Program in 1981 (which was later renamed as the Doctor of Business Administration). The GSB became one of the country’s leading business schools in the country by providing relevant professional and scholarly business education characterized by a strong practitioner orientation to working managers and employees, entrepreneurs and academics. It made itself more accessible to working professionals by establishing extension campuses near the business districts in La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong (1996) and in RCBC Plaza in Makati (2001). GSB established a leadership role in Philippine management education when it required business ethics courses for its DBA (1981) and MBA (1998) students. This was further followed through with Sustainable Business in the DBA program in 2003 and Family and Work-life Harmony and Human Rights, Social Responsibility and & Sustainable Development in 2004. The GSB formally joined the international community of business schools committed to educating socially responsible managers when it signed up for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education in 2009.
The second stream emerged from the former Business Management Department and its BS in Applied Corporate Management program. Established in 1997, the program distinguished itself through its rigorous selection process for students and the way it provided a unique sandwich curriculum, which give undergraduate business students broad exposure in the corporate environment through a sequence of three internships. The program also strongly encouraged its students to take Corporate Social Responsibility.
Under the new MOD, the concern for industry relevance — through internships at the undergraduate level and practitioner-oriented programs in the graduate level — plus the emphasis on socially responsible management provide a strong framework for management education, combining the strengths of the programs from the above two streams and moving the Lasallian mission in business leadership more vigorously.