mba's | October 24, 2012

A Better Business School: Roger Martin's Rotman Legacy

After 14 years as dean of The Rotman School of Management, Roger Martin has decided to step down next June. "Mr. [Roger] Martin’s shoes will be a challenge to fill," Janet McFarland writes in the Globe and Mail. “I like writing, and this [dean’s role] is a full-time job,” Martin said of his decision. “It’s hard to get done as much thinking, research and writing as I would like.” As the high-profile face of the University of Toronto's business school, Martin has contributed invaluable new approaches to both business thinking and business teaching. The leading proponent of Integrative Thinking, which argues that problems at the top levels of management aren't easily segregated into neatly arranged categories, he teaches students that they must study how successful leaders think and problem solve. 

His most recent book, Fixing the Game, where he applied lessons from the National Football League to problems with American Capitalism, sparked his interest in pursuing this issue in a more in-depth manner. He said that he wanted to turn his attention to studying problems in capitalism full-time, which he couldn't do while working as the dean. He will also be undertaking a role with two Rotman projects: the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness. While he says he doesn't plan to take on the dean role again, he is proud of the role he played in increasing the school's global profile. The number of MBA students at Rotman has nearly tripled since 1998 and now more than half of those are international students. Martin has years of experience speaking to both top business leaders and the next generation of student thinkers. His thirst for knowledge and passion for sharing what he has learned makes him a sure-fire hit at any event.

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