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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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