Speaker: Roger Martin


Roger L. Martin

Roger Martin has served as dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto since September 1, 1998. Martin has been instrumental in bringing “design thinking” to Rotman, and to the B-school world at large. A former consultant, he sought to dismantle the functional area “silos” that business schools have used to compartmentalize problems.  He was largely successful when he made the new approach part of Rotman’s core curriculum in 2006-07.

During Martin’s tenure as dean, the Rotman has seen substantial growth. The student enrollments have grown from 130 to close to 400 and increased in international representation from outside of Canada from 10% to 48%. Similarly, the full-time tenure track faculty has quadrupled from 30 to 120. In addition to the growth, the school has enhanced its offerings, which now include a morning program for part-time students, a new master of finance program, an expanded Ph.D. program, and a new global EMBA program. In September 2012, Rotman also opened a new building that doubles the existing research, study and teaching space available at Rotman with new classrooms, study rooms, offices, a café, and outdoor spaces.

His research in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness is published regularly in Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation” blog, the Financial Times’ “Judgment Call” column, and Washington Post’s “On Leadership” blog.

In 2011, Roger placed 6th on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, sharing the top ten with Clay Christensen, Michael Porter and Malcolm Gladwell, among others. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2007 he was named a Business Week 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven 'Innovation Gurus' in 2005.

He serves on the Boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Research in Motion, The Skoll Foundation, and the Canadian Credit Management Foundation. He is chair of Tennis Canada and chair of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.  Martin recently announced he will be stepping down as dean of Rotman effective June 30, 2013. 

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.

Paraphrased from "Meet The Dean." Rotman School of Management. N.p., 2012. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/rogermartin/dean.htm>.

Website: www.rogerlmartin.com



Martin, Roger L., and James Milway. Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2012. Print.

Martin, Roger L. Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Pub., 2011. Print.

Moldoveanu, Mihnea C., and Roger L. Martin. Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers. Toronto: Rotman/UTP Pub., 2010. Print.

Martin, Roger L. The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the next Competitive Advantage. Boston, MA: Harvard Business, 2009. Print. (On reserve in the Gutman Library)

Moldoveanu, Mihnea C., and Roger L. Martin. The Future of the MBA: Designing the Thinker of the Future. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. Print.

Martin, Roger L. The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win through Integrative Thinking. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School, 2007. Print. (On reserve in the Gutman Library)

Martin, Roger L. The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets-and the Rest of Us-can Harness the Power of True Partnership. New York, NY: Basic, 2002. Print.



Martin, Rodger. "Transform 2011." Lecture. Transform 2011 Symposium. Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Youtube. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txhBTi1STn8

"Roger Martin: The Design of Business." Interview by Allan Greg. Youtube.com. N.p., 12 July 2011. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZqLAJIe7ok

Martin, Rodger. "Fear, Loathing and The MBA." Bloomberg Businessweek. N.p., 12 Apr. 2010. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/rogermartin/fearLoathingAndTheMBA.pdf>.

http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/rogermartin/publications.htm (Link to over 100 articles by Rodger)

http://rogerlmartin.com/library/articles/integrative-thinking/ (Link to more articles)