The ROMAC program: Managing Complex “Family” Crisis Projects in Developing Countries in the Asia-Pacific


  • Shankar Sankaran Dr.


Crisis Management, Complex Projects, Rotary


This paper describes, discusses and comments on the Rotary Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program and its constituent projects supported by the Rotary Organisations in Australia and New Zealand from a crisis management and recover. The crisis faced by the children cared for by ROMAC cannot be compared to disasters as we know them (natural disasters such as earthquakes or manmade disasters such as nuclear accidents or humanitarian disasters such as an epidemic). The authors would like to classify ROMAC projects as ‘family disasters’ for children and their families from developing countries who need lifesaving or dignity restoring surgery and treatment. These families cannot find facilities to for such treatment nor afford to be treated abroad. There is much that the project management field can learn from the ROMAC programs and projects in dealing with crises and disasters.

Author Biography

Shankar Sankaran, Dr.

Professor of Organisational Project Managemetn at the School of the Built Environment teaching Systems Thinking and Management Modelling in Project Management Programs. Supervise doctoral students using systems thinking in their research. Hold Masters Degree in Systems Engineering and PhD in Business and Management. Member of System Dynamics Society. Presented/published refereed papers in journal related to systems thinking and action research. Worked as a control systems engineer and project manager for large scale distributed systems in oil, gas, petrochemical and power industries. Vice President of ISSS Research and Publishing and Chair of Action Research SIG



How to Cite

Sankaran, S. (2014). The ROMAC program: Managing Complex “Family” Crisis Projects in Developing Countries in the Asia-Pacific. Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2014 United States, 1(1). Retrieved from