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Meet Rommel Salvador

Management Faculty Member Delves Into Behavior, Decisions and Ethics

Oct. 7, 2014

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Rommel Salvador

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Rommel Salvador hopes to interest students in his research and is doing so by asking them to look at their own experiences.

The assistant professor of management is focused on behavioral ethics, how people make decisions and social responsibility in management.

Take the example of safety training in the workplace.

"Some people see this as really simple, but there are a lot of issues that do come up," he says. "If a workplace is relatively low in hazards, it doesn't matter what training approach is used to teach safety.

"However, if there is a high level of hazards, more interactive training is needed," adds Salvador, whose research was published in a 2011 article in the Journal of Applied Psychology, "The Dread Factor: How Hazards and Safety Training Influence Learning and Performance." He's also co-authored articles about business ethics and trickle-down ethical leadership.

"These are very practical types of questions with important implications," says the researcher, whose latest studies have involved food safety training. His interests have led him to join a local association of human resource management professionals where he is learning more about the needs of the association members, particularly the issues they face and the questions they have that may be informed by research.

"I'm bringing a lot of real-world issues to the classroom and sharing with students that a lot of my assumptions are shattered by the research that I do."

Teaching runs in Salvador's blood: his mother was a teacher, as was his grandfather. While he considers himself "rather an introvert," he enjoys sharing stories and believes that teaching is similar in that he is sharing his experiences with his classes.

"When students say 'aha' or find something confusing, that's a great springboard to further conversation," says the scholar, who has taught at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Salvador earned bachelor's degrees in applied mathematics and secondary education at De La Salle University in Manila, his MBA from the University of New South Wales and his doctorate in business administration-management from the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

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