Research Associate, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Director, SC2020 Project
Director, GCLOG Program
Roberto currently serves as Director of the Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG) Program of the MIT Global SCALE Network. Roberto has been involved with the GCLOG Program since 2010 and at its helm since mid-2011. Roberto also serves as Director of the Supply Chain 2020 Project of the Center for Transportation & Logistics at MIT. Roberto has been involved with the project since September 2006 and at its helm since October 2012. Future Freight Flows Project (2010-2012).
Roberto's main research interest is supply chain strategy. Since 2006 he has been developing, testing and documenting methods to capture, evaluate and reformulate a firm's supply chain strategy as a conceptual system. These methods have been applied to multiple projects in Europe, South and North America. They have also been taught as a class on supply chain strategy to MIT students in 2010 and to GCLOG students since 2010. Roberto's methodological interests are mainly qualitative, and include collaborative management research, grounded theory, case study research and survey research methods.
- Perez-Franco, R., Caplice, C., Singh, M. and Sheffi, Y. (2011) Expressing a supply-chain strategy as a conceptual system. Working paper. Center for Transportation & Logistics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Perez-Franco, R., Caplice, C., Singh, M. and Sheffi, Y. (2012) A type-independent approach to supply-chain strategy evaluation. Working paper. Center for Transportation & Logistics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Roberto received a BSc from UTP 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 UPS Doctoral Fellowship and CTL assistantships. He completed a Postdoctoral period at CTL between June 2010 and August 2012.
Roberto is the author of the award-winning Symbulator software and of an award-winning short-story collection. Roberto has published in MIT's newspaper The Tech reviews and letters to MIT Presidents Hockfield and Reif.