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New Associate Dean appointed at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

October 1, 2010

TORONTO, ON – A senior professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Dean, Research.

Anita McGahan, who holds the Rotman Chair in Management and is cross appointed to the UofT’s Munk School of Public Affairs, took over the position on October 1.  In her new role, she will be responsible for the Rotman School’s PhD program and will oversee the research activities at the school including research centres as well as the school’s Business Information Centre. Prof. McGahan will keep her current teaching and research activities.

In recent years research by Rotman faculty members has gained international recognition in both the academic and practitioner communities winning numerous awards and gaining widespread coverage in the global media. In the most recent business school rankings by the Financial Times, the Rotman School was ranked 11th in the world for research output by its faculty and 17th in the world for its PhD program.

Research institutes at the Rotman School include; Capital Markets Institute, Centre for Health Sector Strategy, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness, Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, Institute for International Business, International Centre for Pension Management, Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,and the Martin Prosperity Institute.

Prof.  McGahan earned her B.A. degree in Humanities from Northwestern University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, as well as an M.B.A (with high distinction as a Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and M.A. and Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Prior to joining the Rotman School in 2007, she taught at Boston University and Harvard Business School. In addition to her affiliation with the University of Toronto, she is currently a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University and Chief Economist in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  McGahan previously held visiting academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, London Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Management, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prof. McGahan’s research investigates the dynamics of competitive advantage and industry evolution. In addition, some of her newest work examines private military companies and she is also looking at organizational models in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health-delivery sectors of emerging economies. She is the author of How Industries Evolve (HBS Press, 2004) and more than one hundred published materials, including academic articles, case studies, and notes. She is Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and Management Science, and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the Academy of Management Review and Strategic Organization.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world’s most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions.  The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit


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