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Roberto Perez-Franco

  • PhD in Engineering Systems
  • Research Associate
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Recent publications

  • Demand management to optimize the supply chain of an agribusiness company

    • Pérez-Pérez A
    • Villamonte-Cornejo J
    • López-Rosas C
    • et al.
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  • Rethinking supply chain strategy as a conceptual system

    • Perez-Franco R
    • Phadnis S
    • Caplice C
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Research Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 2011 - Present


PhD in Engineering Systems


August 2006 - June 2010(4 years)

MEng in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


August 2003 - June 2004(10 months)

BSc in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Panama Technological University (UTP)

March 1995 - January 2001(6 years)


Roberto Perez-Franco is a Research Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He currently serves as Director of the Supply Chain 2020 Project, as Program Manager for the MIT Global SCALE Network in Latin America, and as Academic Director of the GCLOG Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy, particularly in developing a better understanding and methods for the specification, articulation, evaluation, reformulation and implementation of a supply chain strategy. His research makes extensive use of qualitative methods, such as collaborative management research, grounded theory, case study research and survey research methods. Since 2006 Roberto has worked on developing and documenting these methods to deal with fundamental supply chain strategy issues. The results have been applied to projects in Europe, South and North America, and taught as a course on supply chain strategy to dozens of graduate students at MIT and as a module in the GCLOG Program. They have also been adapted for use by a large multinational company. Additionally, since 2010 Roberto has been part of the core research team for CTL's Future Freight Flows Project and is involved in developing multiple future scenarios and facilitating work sessions to derive insights for the long-term planning of logistics infrastructure through scenario thinking. Roberto was born in Panama in 1976. He received a BSc in from the Panama Technological University in 2001, in the field of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, as valedictorian, with an IFARHU Scholarship; a MEng from MIT in 2004, in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, with Fulbright and Barsa Scholarships; and a PhD from MIT in 2010, in the field of Engineering Systems, on the subject of supply chain strategy, with a CTL and a UPS Doctoral Fellowship.

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