Learner-focused Program Design
Rotman's custom instruction directly addresses the unique challenges, opportunities and structure of your organization. For companies looking to achieve organization-specific objectives, Rotman offers customized and flexible course design, teaching format, instruction style and location to ensure direct relevancy and entrench best practices.
Welcome Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Rotman School of Management, and thank you for your interest in our School. I am new to this role and extremely excited to be here. My experience in shaping national and international monetary and financial systems has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of outstanding management talent and a profound respect for the role leading business schools like Rotman play in our society.
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, leadership, and exceptional management skills that bring out the best in people, have never been more critical to our well being. Education is fundamental to our economic prosperity and our success as a society, and evidence-based research is indispensable to solving our most pressing problems. It is the opportunity to put these beliefs into action that most excites me about joining the Rotman School of Management. It is truly an honour to be Rotman’s dean.
I have much to learn in my new position and I am very conscious that I stand on the shoulders of giants, most notably Roger Martin, who led the School so successfully for 15 years and Peter Pauly, vice-dean and former interim dean. Their transformational vision and determination have helped make Rotman Canada’s top business school.
Working with faculty, staff and students, I am confident that together we can build on this record of excellence, and take the School to new heights of achievement in education and research, and further increase the impact of Rotman’s graduates and thinking around the world. Over the coming weeks, months and years, this will be my focus.
Rotman’s ambitious vision for business education is making a difference. Our faculty are the thought leaders of today, and our students the management leaders of tomorrow. So tell me -- what can Canada’s leading business school do for you? I look forward to hearing from you.
Program Design Process
Beginning with a deep understanding of the client organization and its needs, Rotman Executive Programs empowers leaders to envision and enact the transformation required to achieve strategic goals, roll out new priorities, face a crisis or improve performance. Rotman's custom programs may range from two-three day intensives, to lengthy multi-modular programs, to a series of one-day workshops conducted by Rotman faculty. They can be developed for any size group and for participants at any level of an organization. The possibilities are endless.
Through a consultative and collaborative needs-assessment process, academic directors and program developers analyze actual and desired performance levels in the client organization. Together with the top management team, Rotman crafts a unique program perfectly suited to meet the organization’s needs.
Rotman's custom design process ensures that all program content is relevant to the client's organization, people and context. Specific challenges facing executives are incorporated in the learning process, giving them the opportunity to think through real dilemmas and to produce immediately applicable solutions with guidance from Rotman's stellar faculty.
By cultivating an environment of continuous learning, a sustainable momentum for transformation is instilled. Program faculty and staff follow up on all programs to evaluate effectiveness and provide counsel on further development areas to make sure all levels of the organization continue to move together in the right direction.
Program curricula and design are grounded in the pioneering research for which Rotman faculty are renowned. Programs are taught and facilitated by Rotman faculty and industry thought leaders, bringing together the best knowledge, the most effective teaching methods and a wealth of real-life, real-time experience.
The Rotman Advantage
A successful Rotman executive program can be a powerful catalyst for change.
Rotman Executive Programs is the non-degree arm of the Rotman School of Management aimed at developing leadership and management capabilities of today’s business leaders. Today’s competitive, global business environment demands that leaders think creatively to solve complex business problems. Rotman Executive Programs delivers over 50 transformative customized learning engagements per year, which have a direct impact on organizations’ success and growth–locally, nationally and internationally.
The advantages of partnering with Rotman are:
Dynamic Continuous Learning
We excel at customizing educational processes that accelerate the internalization and implementation of a firm’s strategy. We actively seek ways to improve the educational process that we develop with our learning partners, on an on-going basis.
Improved Leadership and Management
We help clients transform the way their leaders and managers think and act and provide them with concepts, paradigms and tools that can be put into action immediately.
The content presented in our programs is based on theories and best practices that emerge from Rotman’s 10 research institutions.
Faculty at Rotman are distinguished scholars who integrate world-class academic rigor, industry expertise and real-life business experience.
We have successful, long-term learning partnerships with leading organizations that attest to the measurable impact and effectiveness of our programs.
A Dedicated Design Team
A dedicated and highly-experienced design team led by an academic director works closely with clients throughout the program development process to ensure strategic direction and priorities are met.
One of Rotman's goals is to strengthen Canadian organizations so they can compete and prosper internationally. With this in mind, Rotman continually expands its international presence to expose Canadians to the world, and the world to Canadians.
Whether working with organizations overseas, or international companies in Canada, Rotman offers flexibility in program design and delivery. Clients may choose to attend a program on campus, at their own office, in another province or on another continent. Faculty and staff are internationally aware, culturally sensitive, multilingual and committed to continually broadening the Rotman School's international presence and perspective.
International Partnerships With Business Schools and Institutes
Rotman’s global, national and local partnership networks make it possible to offer programming in multiple locations and in collaboration with other leading academic institutions worldwide. These partnerships offer a range of programming to participants from South America, Asia and the Caribbean region. Initiatives include having faculty travel to China to deliver components of Executive MBA degree and non-degree offerings, and hosting international participants in Toronto in order to expose them to Canadian faculty, business practices and companies.
Examples of Partnerships:
- Business Institute, Aalborg, Denmark
Rotman has partnered up with the Business Institute to offer a program on Integrative Thinking and Business Design.
- Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.
A multi-year partnership, Rotman faculty deliver sessions in China to corporate officers and executives in the areas of corporate governance, human resources management and organizational behaviour.
Through years of research, Roger Martin, Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, identified a pattern of productive problem solving that can be learned and developed. Interested in what drives success in business, he decided that rather than look at what leaders do, he should look at how leaders think. He interviewed highly successful leaders and asked them how they thought through their toughest choices. As he spoke to leaders about these choices, a pattern of thinking emerged. He found that, rather than choose between existing, often opposing models, highly successful leaders build new ones.
He called this approach Integrative Thinking™.
Customizing Integrative Thinking
Integrative Thinking meets the challenges of a changing global environment by recognizing that today’s business leaders require new approaches to tackling problems. The Rotman team has developed a series of modules and courses that can increase individual and group capacity for engaging in this kind of thinking. Multiple delivery formats have been designed to meet diverse organizational needs, including the specific challenges of profit, not-for-profit and public sector organizations.
Integrative Thinking partners well with other content areas like Strategy, Innovation, Change Management and Business Design™. It can be a stand-alone program or it can be incorporated into leadership development programs. It helps leaders broaden their understanding of complex challenges and multiple stakeholders.
For a customized program in Integrative Thinking, Rotman can adapt a standard curriculum to align with organization-specific challenges, or highly customize the curriculum to integrate an organization’s strategic objectives. Some formats include:
- Understand the Integrative Thinking framework
- Try the approach themselves on a general business issue
- Understand the Integrative Thinking framework
- Work in teams to connect Integrative Thinking to an organization-specific dilemma
- Understand the Integrative Thinking framework
- Develop new tools for Integrative Thinking, and gain practice at applying new learnings to general and industry-specific scenarios
- Understand the Integrative Thinking framework, develop tools and practice applying learnings
- Prototype a creative solution to an organization-specific dilemma and gain a deeper understanding of how to apply Integrative Thinking tools back on the job
Desautels Centre For Integrative Thinking
With the launch of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking in January of 2002, the Rotman School took a giant leap towards changing the way business schools teach business. This research centre–the first of its kind–brings together internationally-renowned scholars to push the frontiers of Integrative Thinking and conduct original research, making Rotman a focal point for thought leadership and dialogue in this area.
Flexible Learning Formats
"The pace of change occurring in today's global economy requires senior managers who can anticipate the needs of their organizations and customers, develop sound strategic plans, and implement those plans effectively. These abilities are essential to organizations that seek sustained competitive advantage."
Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute
Rotman School of Management
An innovative approach offering a full spectrum of program format and scale.
Rotman's customized learning focuses on addressing real-world, real-time business challenges. Programs may be multi-tiered, cascading knowledge and skills through different levels of the organization using need-specific methodology and media. Programs may also be designed with an iterative, multi-year approach to sustain skills development, optimize skills integration and meet evolving needs.
Each program is led by an academic director who is responsible for ensuring that the program design and content delivery match your organization’s needs. This includes client consultation, program design and development, faculty selection and integration. In addition to selecting the format most suitable for the organization, a range of proven teaching methods including classroom sessions, simulations, case studies and action-planning sessions are employed to ensure the effective transfer of learning to the workplace.
Rotman offers its customized learning clients:
- an iterative, co-design approach to program development
- global, national and local networks of subject matter experts, learning settings, business communities and research and academic partners
- blended learning methods and instructional design
- access to a diverse repository of learning subject matter
- group training to foster strong group dynamic and unify team performance
- proven teaching methods: research, field instruction and course design
- esteemed faculty who regularly teach and engage in research outside of Canada, over a third of whom hold dual citizenship
- international access and recognition
- Rotman hosting: central learning facilities in the heart of downtown Toronto
Rotman's extensive programming experience in the corporate sphere, health care, education, policing, as well as not-for-profit organizations, provides invaluable insight into the complexity and interconnectedness of the challenges facing the world today. Rotman's custom programming is offered across industries including financial services, consulting, health care, telecommunications, mining, government and education.
Over the past year, Rotman worked closely with more than 30 clients on various learning engagements. As a result, 1,912 participants attended 50 different customized programs across a range of industries.
Some recent Rotman's custom clients include:
- AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
- BMO Bank of Montreal
- The Ottawa Hospital
- GE Canada
- Johnson & Johnson Inc.
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
- Hospital for Sick Children
- University Health Network
- Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
- Manulife Financial
Addressing the world's financial challenges with transformative research.
The Rotman School of Management is known globally for the strength of its finance faculty–their research, teaching and technical capacity. This expertise coupled with strong links with financial institutions and the current dominance and success of Canadian financial institutions globally provides an outstanding combination of factors for high-achieving financial executives wishing to enhance their global knowledge, network and professional skill set. With a faculty roster that boasts some of today’s top finance thought leaders and world-class research capabilities, the Rotman School represents the pinnacle of academic achievement in finance today.
Through its customized programs, Rotman brings together ambitious and talented professionals with world-class faculty in a dynamic research university setting. Located in the heart of Canada's financial, commercial, political and artistic centre, Rotman is a leader in the provision of real-world-based financial risk management courses.
Research Centres and Labs
Rotman's finance faculty members consistently rank in the top 10 in the prestigious Financial Times rankings. Through Rotman Executive Programs, your organization can gain access to some of the world's top finance experts.
Client Spotlight: BMO
"The partnership and co-development of our Advanced Leadership Program has been incredibly powerful in building the leadership capabilities of over 300 leaders and assisting to accelerate our customer-focused strategy."
BMO VP, Human Resources
In 2007 Bank of Montreal's (BMO) senior leadership envisioned a transformation: shift the company's focus firmly to the customer. For a financial services organization with over 40,000 employees providing a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products, effecting such a comprehensive change of culture was a daunting task. But in collaboration with Rotman Executive Programs, BMO has met the challenge–engendering strategic customer-centred change and developing leadership capability at all levels, while cultivating a dynamic environment of continuous learning.
Together BMO’s senior executives and Rotman faculty created a training program to meet the organization’s specific needs. The process was collaborative, with BMO top management participating at every stage of program design and delivery to ensure continuous relevance. Rotman’s world-renowned faculty, with expertise grounded in both cutting-edge research and real-world experience, maintained the highest quality control. Rotman Executive Programs is known for cultivating long-term partnerships with clients, and in this case faculty became the senior management team’s trusted advisors with respect to organizational and personal leadership development.
More than 300 BMO executives have now graduated from the resulting Advanced Leadership Program (ALP), where participants acquire the leadership skills necessary to build and perpetuate a customer-focused culture. Piloting such transformational change in a large organization requires not just the ability on the part of its leaders to inspire and motivate, but to foster similar capacity throughout the organization.
Every step of the way, Rotman’s thought leaders challenge and coach participants to optimize their learning. Continuous evaluation and innovation ensure that course content is always readily applicable to the day-to-day operations of the bank and its employees. Not only do executives learn the leadership skills and mindsets necessary to create and implement transformational solutions, they also leave the program with practical strategies in hand to roll out new services upon returning to the workplace.
Subsequent programs implemented by Rotman cascade ALP knowledge and skills-training through different tiers of the organization using need-specific methodology and media. More than 800 managers and leaders within the bank have learned to apply ALP practices across BMO, achieving tangible business results on an ongoing basis and reporting that the program made them more effective in their role as managers.
Today’s complex health care environment demands leaders who design and implement creative models for optimal solutions. Rotman’s leadership programs in health care are built around a conviction that the need for innovative thinking about health care delivery systems and organizations has never been greater. Rotman’s approach to custom health care programs reflects a commitment to expert, research-based, innovative content. Rotman enters into long-term partnerships with its health sector clients to develop the highest quality of programs that bring real value to clients.
A Trusted Partner to the Health Sector
Rotman Executive Programs has been a trusted provider of customized health care learning engagements to major patient care, research and academic health science centres, teaching hospitals and private organizations including the Ontario Local Health Integration Networks, the University Health Network, the Ottawa Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children and GE Healthcare Canada.
An Innovative Approach to Programming
Rotman offers a diverse offering of learning methods, instructional design and curriculum options to help its health care clients deal with the challenges and complexities facing the sector today. Available sessions cover topics such as innovating and designing patient experience, operational performance and effectiveness, quality improvement, strategy implementation and execution, change management and leading change. Customized programs are infused with concepts and frameworks based on Integrative Thinking™ and Business Design™, which gives learners the creative problem-solving and ideation tools they need to uncover new solutions.
Access to Canada's Premier Research Centres
Rotman Executive Programs has long-standing relationships with academic and research units across the Rotman School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, meaning that Rotman's customized learning engagements are grounded in solid research, and designed and taught by the health sector's most respected experts.
Featured Faculty and Instructors
Rotman Executive Programs faculty and instructors are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience. Our faculty and instructors are not only distinguished scholars but also active business leaders with substantial experience as company directors, executives and consultants to private and public companies, Crown corporations and various levels of government. They are selected for their superior teaching ability and their capacity to bring the latest knowledge to the classroom in ways that draw upon participants’ expertise and make the learning experience come alive.
Excellence in Education
- Rotman Executive Programs faculty ranked #1 worldwide in open enrolment programs, Financial Times 2013
- Rotman's 118 faculty members have stellar reputations for groundbreaking research, published work and insights into a wide range of management issues
- Rotman has the largest management faculty in Canada
- Of the 11 fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada teaching at Canadian business schools, four are employed by the Rotman School
- Roger Martin, former Dean, and Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, was ranked 3rd top management thinker in the world, Thinkers50 2013
Meet Our Faculty
Pictured in the banner above: Anita McGahan, Associate Dean, Research, recipient of the Academy of Management Distinguished Educator Award.
A Thoughtful and Reflective Approach to Leadership
Developing and retaining talented and inspiring leaders is crucial to any organization. Rotman Executive Programs develops customized leadership programs to help its clients develop the competencies of its high potentials, implement a new strategy or embrace new mission and values statements.
Programs can incorporate numerous topics including personal leadership, people management skills, building trust and acting with integrity, creating a winning mindset, emotional intelligence, innovation, coaching and developing others, change management, communication, negotiation and transformational leadership.
Rotman’s learning engagements are infused with the principles of Integrative Thinking™, which gives learners a unique set of tools and frameworks that empowers them to turn challenging situations into opportunities, whatever their area of influence.
"When effective leadership happens, it happens at all levels. It reaches the head with a clear sense of direction, a compelling vision, a purpose that gives meaning to work. But it also reaches the heart, to the essence of who we are as humans, with a set of values that make us feel that our work contributes to making us a better person."
Rotman School of Management
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A Recognized Leader in Governance Education
Rotman’s governance programs enable directors to improve board effectiveness and position their companies for long-term profitability through sound governance practices. Our unique partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors has given rise to a community of practice of over 6,500 graduates from across Canada, fostering an extensive dialogue and raising governance standards at a national level. Rotman Executive Programs’ roster of award-winning faculty bring together academic scholarship and real-world expertise to provide you with the frameworks and insights to succeed.
Rotman’s unique partnership model with business schools across the country has created lasting impact in boardrooms from coast to coast.
Customizing Governance Education
Customized learning programs can incorporate a large number of governance topics including governance models, corporate governance and business ethics, executive compensation, talent management, board effectiveness, strategic innovation, executive compensation, boardroom negotiations, effective board processes, strategy and effective leadership, board composition, director recruiting, and stakeholder management.
Our custom governance programs are designed to suit the needs of your board and can range from a half-day board retreat to a week-long program.
1. Contact us if you think your board and senior management team could benefit from a custom experience
2. Our Executive Programs team will assess your needs and assign you a dedicated faculty member with the appropriate expertise.
3. Together we will design and develop a customized experience that meets the needs of your board.
4. Post-program evaluation and follow-up activities are also available.
Programs for Individuals
Over the past year, 1,774 individuals attended various open-enrolment programs at Rotman which gave them the knowledge, skills and ingenuity to realize personal career goals, improve performance and maximize impact.
Rotman’s open-enrolment programs are offered throughout the year so executive learners can gain new knowledge from top-ranked faculty, discover strategies and concepts for growth and innovation while collaborating with industry peers, and return to the workplace refreshed with tools that can immediately be put into action.
Professional Programs, Courses and Workshops
Programs for Small Groups
Rotman Executive Programs believes that learning conducted in groups maximizes organizational impact. Groups of learners are carefully facilitated to align goals, foster strong communication and promote cross-functional capacity. Recognizing that organizations often choose to send multiple participants to the same program, Rotman Executive Programs offers discounts to organizations that send three or more participants to the same offering of a program.
Training for Groups
Get to New Ideas Faster
Today's business environment demands that leaders be agile and innovative, but innovation for innovation's sake isn't enough–true innovation must foster economic growth and productivity. Through Rotman Executive Programs, your organization gains access to the tools, frameworks and evidence-based thought leadership that your organization needs to become innovative and competitive.
Rotman ensures the customized learning journey is an engaging one, and strives to provide the right environment, content and tools to executive learners. The approach is client-centered, customized to meet the specific, unique needs of each client. Continuous refinement ensures programs constantly adapt to current challenges and offer the right mix of solutions.
For more information on customized learning and to discuss your organization's specific needs, please contact:
Rotman Executive Programs
Rotman School of Management
149 College Street
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