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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).

Thinkers50 scans, ranks, and shares the very best in man­age­ment ideas. Its defin­i­tive glob­al rank­ing of man­age­ment thinkers is pub­lished every two years. For more infor­ma­tion vis­it

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416–946-3818