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Rotman professor elected to leadership of Academy of Management

April 9, 2013

TORONTO, ON – A senior professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has been elected to the governance rotation of the Academy of Management, which with more than 18,000 members in 110 countries, is the largest organization in the world devoted to management research and teaching.

Anita McGahan, who is Associate Dean of Research, PhD Director, Professor and Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School, will serve as the Academy’s president in 2016 and will also join the organization’s Board of Governors for a five-year term beginning in August. Her vision for the Academy emphasizes breakthrough theoretical and empirical research on the most important management issues of our time, such as climate change, correlated financial risk, and widespread poverty; internationalization; and innovative platforms for integrating online and offline education.

Prof. McGahan is cross appointed to the University’s Munk School of Global Affairs; is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; and is Chief Economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. Her credits include two books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution and financial performance. Her current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. She is also pursuing a long-standing interest in the inception of new industries, particularly in global health. She has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development. In 2010, she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s “Irwin Distinguished Educator Award” and, in 2012, she received from the Academy its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of Business Schools.

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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