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Rotman School Professors Shortlisted for Thinkers50 Awards

July 31, 2017

Toronto, ON – Three professors from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, including a former Dean, have been shortlisted for Distinguished Achievement Awards from Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers. The awards will be announced, along with the ranking of thinkers, on November 13.

“Thinkers50 is a celebration of the very best new management thinking as well as those ideas which stand the test of time,” says Des Dearlove, who, with Stuart Crainer, created Thinkers50 in 2001.

Prof. Roger Martin, the former Dean of the Rotman School, and András Tilcsik, an associate professor of strategic management, have both received nominations for the strategy award, which celebrates the very best of strategic thinking.

Prof. Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School where he holds the Premier’s Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness. He is the author of nine books including Getting Beyond Better (with Sally Osberg, Harvard Business Review Press, 2015), and Playing to Win (with AG Lafley, Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which won a best business book award from Thinkers50 in 2013. His next book, Creating Great Choices, co-authored by Rotman Adjunct Prof. Jennifer Riel, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in September. Prof. Martin was also the co-winner with Sally Osberg of the Thinkers50 social enterprise award in 2015 and placed seventh overall on the Thinkers50 list of global business thinkers in the same year.

Prof. Tilcsik is known for his known for his research and teaching on catastrophes and risk management. He is a faculty fellow at the Rotman School’s Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship. Earlier this year he was named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers in the world most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.  In 2015, Prof. Tilcsik and his colleague Chris Clearfield won the Bracken Bower Prize from McKinsey and the Financial Times, given to the best business book proposal by scholars under 35. The book, Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, will be published by Penguin in 2018.

Adjunct Prof. Don Tapscott received a nomination, with his son Alex, for the digital thinking award. They are the co-authors of The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, published by Portfolio.

Nilofer Merchant, a fellow at the School’s Martin Prosperity Institute, was nominated in the breakthrough idea category. She the author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Her latest book is The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (Penguin Random House, 2017).

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Rotman School of Management
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