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Columbia Business School professor receives inaugural Dean’s Award for Emerging Leaders at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

August 26, 2014

TORONTO, ON — A psychologist and professor from Columbia Business School is the first recipient of the Dean’s Award for Emerging Leaders from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Malia Mason, the Gantcher Associate Professor of Business, will be a Visiting Professor at the Rotman School, for this academic year.

The Dean’s Award has been created and funded to honour Prof. Roger Martin’s transformative leadership as Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2013. The award will be given bi-annually to a visiting academic scholar who has been identified as an emerging global leader in the field of management education who are no more than 12 years out from the completion of their PhD. Each recipient will have a distinguished academic record and achieved international recognition as a scholar and teacher. The award is intended to facilitate study and research at the Rotman School for the winner in their field of study including engagement with the School’s faculty and students.

“We are delighted to welcome a path-breaking researcher and educator with the promise of Prof. Mason as the inaugural winner of this Award,” says Prof. Joel Baum, associate dean, faculty, at the Rotman School.

Prof. Mason’s research focuses on how competing motives shape people’s judgments, choices, and behaviors, and the implications for interpersonal interaction and work performance more generally. Her research has been published in leading academic journals and has received extensive coverage in the mainstream media including TIME, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for research and teaching including the “Rising Star” Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 2011.

Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of management, she was a post-doctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Dartmouth College in 2005 and a BA in Psychology from Rice University in 2000.

Under Prof. Roger Martin’s leadership, the Rotman School of Management saw a dramatic growth in the size of its programs, faculty, facilities and international reputation during his tenure as Dean. The School also built a differentiated curriculum around Integrative Thinking and a successful initiative on Business Design. Prof. Martin remains at the School as director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and continues to teach in the School’s 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.  For more information, visit


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