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Rotman faculty and graduates honoured at academy of management conference

August 24, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Four pro­fes­sors and grad­u­ates of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment were hon­oured dur­ing the Acad­e­my of Management’s recent annu­al meet­ing held in Mon­tre­al ear­li­er this month. The Acad­e­my is a lead­ing pro­fes­sion­al asso­ci­a­tion for schol­ars ded­i­cat­ed to cre­at­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing knowl­edge about man­age­ment and orga­ni­za­tions.

Gary Lath­am, Sec­re­tary of State Pro­fes­sor of Orga­ni­za­tion­al Effec­tive­ness was named as the 2010 win­ner of the Prac­tice-Rel­e­vant Schol­ar­ship Award. This award is in recog­ni­tion of many con­tri­bu­tions in orga­ni­za­tion­al behav­iour and in par­tic­u­lar his 2009 book, Becom­ing the evi­dence-based man­ag­er: Mak­ing the sci­ence of Man­age­ment work for you.

Adjunct Pro­fes­sor Heather Fras­er, who is direc­tor of Rot­man Design­Works, was a par­tic­i­pant in the Best Sym­po­sium in Man­age­ment Edu­ca­tion and Devel­op­ment, which was chaired by Jeanne Liedt­ka, a Dar­d­en School of Busi­ness pro­fes­sor. The sym­po­sium, “Find­ing the Right Side of the MBA Brain: Teach­ing Design Think­ing,” exam­ined the how and why behind teach­ing design think­ing, at both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal lev­els.

Alexan­der Oet­tl, a grad­u­ate of the Rot­man PhD Pro­gram was a final­ist for the Busi­ness Pol­i­cy and Strat­e­gy Division’s Best Dis­ser­ta­tion Award. His PhD super­vi­sor was Pro­fes­sor Ajay Agraw­al, who holds the Peter Munk Junior Pro­fes­sor­ship in Entre­pre­neur­ship.

As pre­vi­ous­ly announced, Pro­fes­sor Ani­ta McGa­han, who holds the Rot­man Chair in Man­age­ment at the Rot­man School and is cross appoint­ed to the Munk School of Pub­lic Affairs, is the recip­i­ent of the Acad­e­my of Man­age­ment Busi­ness Pol­i­cy and Strat­e­gy Divi­sion’s 2010 Irwin Out­stand­ing Edu­ca­tor Award. The award is designed to rec­og­nize a per­son who has demon­strat­ed a long-term com­mit­ment to and exper­tise in edu­cat­ing stu­dents. This year’s award is giv­en specif­i­cal­ly for con­tri­bu­tions to teach­ing stu­dents in MBA, under­grad­u­ate stu­dents, or exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion pro­grams.

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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