October 17, 2012
TORONTO, ON – The Dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has announced that he will be ending his third term as Dean on June 30, 2013, one year earlier than the formal conclusion of his third term.
Roger Martin, who joined the Rotman School as Dean in May 1998, will remain at the School’s Martin Prosperity Institute in a leadership position, focusing his work on the future of democratic capitalism.
“There are two reasons I am taking this step. First, the School is in fabulous shape,” says Martin, who cites the recent opening of a new building, the expansion of programs including the Full Time MBA program, and the development of a world-class faculty and administrative team among other achievements. “Secondly, I believe the School is well-positioned to make a meaningful global contribution to democratic capitalism, whose future is being questioned. The School has many assets that can be brought to bear in addressing these questions, including our research centres such as the Martin Prosperity Institute, and the research of many of our faculty.”
Under Roger Martin’s leadership the School has seen a dramatic growth in the size of its programs, faculty, facilities and international reputation. The School also built a differentiated curriculum around Integrative Thinking and a successful initiative on Business Design. Other highlights of the school’s progress include:
Martin, who holds the Premier’s Research Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness, has written 15 Harvard Business Review articles and published seven books. His next book, Playing to Win – How Strategy Really Works, co-written with A.G. Lafley, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in February 2013.
In 2011, Roger placed 6th on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, sharing the top ten with Clay Christensen, Michael Porter and Malcolm Gladwell, among others. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by BusinessWeek. In 2007 he was named a BusinessWeek ‘B-School All-Star’ for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven ‘Innovation Gurus’ in 2005.
He serves on the Boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Research in Motion, The Skoll Foundation, and the Canadian Credit Management Foundation. He is the chair of Tennis Canada and chair of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.
“There is a lot of work that I would like to do and it is time for my next phase. I am excited about going to the MPI and working with the people there to make it a leading institution working on shaping the future of democratic capitalism,” says Martin. “That particular agenda needs a lot more work, and I look forward to getting on with it. I also look forward to working with the Interim Dean, when appointed, on making the transition.”
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 that Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.
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