Faculty and ResearchExpert Guide

Carlos M. Parra

Carlos M. Parra

Clinical Professor
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, RB 250
Miami, FL 33199

P: (305) 348-7216
E: cmaparra@fiu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • PhD, Social Engineering
    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
  • Master of Science, Industrial Engineering
    Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Evolutionary Economics and Welfare (Evolutionary Human Development)
  • Capability Emergence (Neuro-phenomenology)
  • Impact Measurement, Continuous Improvement and Business Development

Professional Activities

Dr. Parra has seven years of experience in designing and executing corporate sustainability and business development strategies as well as in overseeing the continuous improvement of processes and metrics in the financial and manufacturing industries. As Head of Community Development for Citi in Latin America, he developed a regional strategy - executed it in 19 countries - and oversaw a 32 percent budget increase. He also instituted an ecosystem build-up approach to engage with business units in advancing microfinance, sustainable supply chain finance and mobile banking solutions in the region.

As KAIZEN leader for Komatsu Latin America Corp, he was in charge of promoting, monitoring and assessing continuous improvement processes internally and throughout the distributor network (i.e. zero inventory programs and HANSEI planning). Dr. Parra developed Key Performance Indicators that facilitated forecasting/planning decisions for reducing costs, enhancing delivery times and increasing profits.

Courses Taught

  • Global Logistics
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Global Production and Technology
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operations Management
  • Special Topics in International Business
  • Strategy Development and Implementation

Refereed Journal Articles

Parra, C. M., Tremblay, M. C., Paul, K. & Castellanos, A. (2017). Exploratory Content Analysis Using Text Data Mining: Corporate Citizenship Reports of Seven U.S. Companies from 2004-2112.  Journal of Corporate Citizenship. 2017 (66), 106-151.


Parra, C., Tremblay, M. & Castellanos, A. (2016). Visualizing Term Eigenvector Prominence in a Corporate Social Responsibility Context. Journal on Advances in Theoretical and Applied Informatics. 2 (2), 31-37.


Parra, C. M. (2008). Quality of Life Markets: Capabilities and Corporate Social Responsibility.  Journal of Human Development. 9 (2), 207-227.


Parra, C. & Yano, M. (2006). Evolutionary Dynamics of Knowledge.  Complexity. 11 (5), 12-19.


Parra, C. & Yano, M. (2005). Testing Educational System Typologies using Colombian data.  International Education Journal. 6 (1), 1-17.


Parra, C. (2005). Rules and Knowledge.  Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review. 2 (1), 81-111.


Parra, C. & Y, M. (2004). Distinctions as Embodied Experiences.  Semiotica. 151 (1-4), 75-96.


Parra, C. & Yano, M. (2002). Tridimensional Recursive Learning Model.  Cybernetics and Human Knowing. 9 (3&4), 79-99.


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