About Us

About the MLA Research Institute

Peter F. Drucker understood the study of management to be a liberal art – “liberal” because management deals fundamentally with human nature, knowledge, and wisdom; and – “art” because it is concerned with practice and application.

Building upon the wisdom of Drucker, at CiAM we believe that knowledge, self-knowledge, wisdom, and leadership are essential to developing the individual as well as society. At CiAM we firmly believe that ‘management as a liberal art' (MLA) helps support personal development, organizational effectiveness, community development, and the realization of human dignity.

As a result, CiAM has formed the MLA Research Institute (MLARI), an institute that is dedicated to the study and application of management as a liberal art within organizations. With the purpose of advancing our understanding and application of MLA in organizations, the MLA Research Institute develops educational content, publishes its research, and offers training workshops.

The MLARI develops MLA-specific course assignments, class exercises, and case studies through which CiAM's students gain a solid understanding of MLA as well as learn how to apply MLA in real-life organizational settings. The MLA Research Institute also works with organizations to develop their knowledge of MLA and help improve their overall effectiveness.

Vision, Mission, Objectives

Vision, Mission, & Objectives


To promote human dignity in life, work, and community to build a functioning society.


To expand knowledge and practice of Management as a Liberal Art (MLA) globally by conducting and disseminating collaborative research, and developing educational content.


  1. To advocate Management as a Liberal Art (MLA)
  2. To develop educational content relating to MLA
  3. To showcase community leaders and organizations who practice MLA
  4. To offer training workshops
  5. To promote freedom and liberty and resist those who oppose these values

CiAM’s ‘management as a liberal art’ approach helps students and clients to think critically about management responsibilities, and to see the interrelationships that exist between knowledge, moral leadership, personal development, organizational development, and a functioning society.