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Rotman faculty named among the top ten management gurus in the world

November 15, 2011

TORONTO, ON – Two members of the faculty at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management were named to the list of the top fifty management thinkers in the world at an awards ceremony held on London on Monday. Dean Roger Martin placed sixth on the list while Adjunct Professor Don Tapscott came in at ninth. Martin was cited for  being a “champion of Integrative Thinking”, as well as for his latest book, Fixing the Game, which rails against the wrongheaded decoupling of the “real” market (the business of designing, making and selling products and services) from the “expectations” market (the business of trading stocks, options and complex derivatives).

The Thinkers50 is a bi-annual ranking of global business thinkers, developed and owned by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer. Coming in at number one, for the first time, was Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. The ranking is based on voting at the Thinkers50 website, followed by input from a panel of advisers.

The Thinkers50 2011 advisers drawn from America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe are:  Mohi Ahmed, Corporate Brand Office, Fujitsu; Mary Glenn, Associate Publisher, Business & Finance, McGraw Hill; Santiago Iniguez, Dean, IE Business School; Kevin Kelly, CEO, Heidrick & Struggles; Josh Macht, Group Publisher, Harvard Business Review Group; Steve Mostyn, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford; Dr Ali Qassim Al Lawati of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development; and Richard Stagg, Editorial Director of Financial Times Prentice Hall.

The Thinkers50 has ten established criteria by which thinkers are evaluated — originality of ideas; practicality of ideas; presentation style; written communication; loyalty of followers; business sense; international outlook; rigor of research; impact of ideas and the elusive guru factor.

Further information on the awards is online at

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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