Executive in Residence, International Management and International Relations

Ph.D. Study (ABD), The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
M.A. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
B.S.E. Princeton University, USA

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, Office 7
Phone: +41 91 986 36 71
Email: rcordon@fus.edu

Roberto Cordón pursued graduate studies in Multinational Management and Political Economy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering, International Relations and Latin American Studies at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Franklin University, Prof. Cordón worked for many years as a Manager of Training Programmes at the International Trade Centre (an agency of the UN and WTO) in Geneva and consulted for various other UN agencies, including the ILO and UNCTAD.

A native of Guatemala, Prof. Cordón has travelled extensively around the world for research, teaching and consulting purposes. His research has focused on the interphase between politics and management, particularly concerning the work of international organizations in developing countries. He has taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and The Wharton School, and has held visiting appointments at Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil) and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala). As a consultant, Prof. Cordón has specialized in technical cooperation, strategic analysis and capacity-building projects in developing countries, working with government ministries and international aid agencies in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


2022-2023 Courses

BUS 410W Organizational Behavior and Leadership FALL 2022
POL 224 Politics and Society in Switzerland FALL 2022
POL 321 International Organization FALL 2022
TVL 353 UAE and Oman: Economic Transformation FALL 2022


His research focuses on organizational management of multinational institutions (both public and private), comparative politics of privatization, and multi-cultural leadership.

with Warren, A., et al., "Stakeholder Perceptions in Sub-Sahara Africa of Private Financial Assistance for Health and Principles of Aid Effectiveness", submitted to the International Journal of Health Policy and Management.  (conditional acceptance)

with Warren, A., et al., “The Global Fund's paradigm of oversight, monitoring, and results in Mozambique”, Globalization and Health (2017) 13: 89.

with Herden, T., "The Evolving Nature of Multinational Diplomacy", Diplomatist Annual Edition 2016.

"The End of an Era", Diplomatist Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 7., 2014

"The Political Framework of Privatizations in Chile", World Bank working paper, 1993

"The Reform of Mexican Public Enterprises", World Bank working paper, 1993

Honors and Awards:

Grant by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), 2012. Research topic: Trends and influence of private finance on global health initiatives and development goals in resource-constrained countries

Dean’s Fellowship, The Wharton School, 1990-1993

Woodrow Wilson School Senior Thesis Prize, Princeton University, 1988

TAU BETA PI and PHI BETA KAPPA Honor Societies