Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management
A champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing, Roger Martin is the leading proponent of Integrative Thinking—a bold new approach to the business problems emerging in the global economy. As the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, Roger presents a model for strengthening integrative thinking skills.
Roger served as dean of the Rotman School from 1998 until 2013. Remaining with the Rotman School, he now holds the Premier’s Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness and serves as Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
His research and writing is in six related areas: Integrative Thinking, Design of Business, Strategy, Incentives and Governance, Competitiveness and Prosperity, and Social Innovation. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review having written 16 articles and maintained a regular blog on HBR.org. He has published eight books, the most recent of which is Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works (with Playing to Win (written with A.G. Lafley) won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. Previous books include Fixing the Game, The Design of Business, and The Opposable Mind. In addition, he co-edited Rotman on Design (with Karen Christensen).
In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, behind only Clay Christensen (The Innovators Dilemma) and Chan Kim (Blue Ocean Strategy). In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2005, Business Week also named him one of seven global “Innovation Gurus.”
He serves on the public service boards of Skoll Foundation, Canadian Credit Management Foundation, Tennis Canada (past chair) and Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress (chair).
Roger received his BA from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.