Roger Martin has served as dean of the Rotman School of Management since September 1, 1998. He holds the Premier's Chair in Competitiveness and Productivity and is Director of the AIC Institute for Corporate Citizenship. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.
His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively on design and is a regular columnist for BusinessWeek Online's Innovation and Design Channel. He has written seven Harvard Business Review articles and published two books: The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets — And the Rest of Us — Can Harness The Power of True Partnership (Basic Books, 2002). In 2007 he was named a BusinessWeek 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. BusinessWeek also named him one of seven 'Innovation Gurus' in 2005, and in 2004, he won the Marshall McLuhan Visionary Leadership Award.
He serves on the Boards of The Thomson Corporation, Research in Motion, The Skoll Foundation, the Canadian Credit Management Foundation, Social Capital Partners, and Tennis Canada. He is a trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children and chair of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.
A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
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The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking
Based on his 2007 book The Opposable Mind, Roger Martin’s talk unlocks the secrets of how highly successful leaders think and describes how you can build your Integrative Thinking skills. The book draws on in-depth interviews of over 50 highly successful leaders from the corporate, non-profit and entertainment sectors and the talk include video snippets from a half dozen of these leaders, including AG Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble; Isadore Sharp, founder and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels; and Nandan Nilekani, Co-Chairman and former CEO of Infosys Technologies. The message is a practical, action-oriented approach to thinking more like the most successful leaders of our time. Leading corporations including P&G have adopted Integrative Thinking into their senior level management training.
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