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Discover some of the research and new thinking produced by Rotman faculty, who have built a stellar reputation for their groundbreaking scholarship, published work, and their authoritative insight into an exceptionally wide range of management issues. Ranked in the top twenty for their research by the Financial Times, our faculty are regularly featured in leading news portals and publications.

Survive and Thrive

Survive and Thrive – New Book from Rotman Strategic Management Faculty

What Can Companies Do to Stay Alive? From Volkswagon to BP, from Blackberry to Bombardier, from United Airlines to Equifax, businesses -- large and small -- face threats to their survival. These worries keep corporate leaders awake and night. Is there anything businesses can do about it?

Jennifer Riel & Roger Martin

Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking »

In Creating Great Choices, Roger Martin and Jennifer Riel apply new learning about how to apply the theory of integrative thinking that they have learned over the last decade.


Rotman Prof on ROB Power 50 list

April 26, 2017 | The Report on Business
Prof. Ajay Agrawal has been named to Report on Business Magazine's Power 50 list of the 50 most influential people in Canadian business.

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Combating the winner-takes-all ‘New Urban Crisis’

April 11, 2017 |
Richard Florida outlines the steps that must be taken to if Toronto and other superstar cities are to make cities more livable and equitable for the middle and lower classes.

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Impact Investing in Victorian England? The Case of Model Dwellings Companies

April 17, 2017 | Stanford Social Innovation Review
Rod Lohin, executive director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship, explores what we can learn today from an early approach to improving social conditions through investment.

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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

April 9, 2017 | The New York Times
Bringing A.I. home is a priority for the Canadian government, companies, universities and technologists. The goal, they say, is to build a business environment around the country’s expertise and to keep the experts its universities create in the country.
with comment by Dean Tiff Macklem and Prof. Ajay Agrawal

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Twenty years later, time to update the Easy Chair

April 7, 2017 | The Toronto Star
Passive-investing plan developed by Prof. Eric Kirzner still has legs, but needs some updates.

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How Lego can get employees thinking outside the blocks

April 6, 2017 |
Lego lovers know the colourful little toy bricks have a myriad of uses, from building simple houses to full-scale cars and functioning prosthetic legs. But could Lego be applicable to business school research, too?Research from Yeun Joon Kim and Prof. Chen-Bo Zhong

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Indian-origin professor is driving innovation in artificial intelligence in Canada

April 1, 2017 | The Hindustan Times
Professor Ajay Agrawal feels like he’s back in 1995. That year, the first major commercial Internet service providers like AOL went online and Yahoo’s search engine became available to the public. It was an inflection point for the Internet and, Agrawal believes, artificial intelligence or AI may now be nearing that stage.

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Climbing the value chain

March 28, 2017 | East Asia Forum
Prof. Wendy Dobson and a colleague write on the development of the Indian and Chinese economies.

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The right kind of infrastructure borrowing — and the wrong kind

March 21, 2017 |
Strategic infrastructure investments that unlock private sector investment and drive productivity are essential to raising Canada’s long-term potential growth.

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Gender and the Economy

March 8, 2017 |
Is the invisible hand fair to all? On International Women's Day, Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the Rotman School of Management, will explain how gender affects economic outcomes.

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Billion Dollar Breakout - CDL Profiled in the Globe and Mail

$ | March 1, 2017 |
The Creative Destruction Lab has accomplished what few incubators of technology startups in Canada have managed to do, already making a major impact on a teeming startup ecosystem. Now in its fifth year, it has developed a promising method for helping early stage companies- many of them using AI and other leading-edge technology – to grow, flourish and attract private capital.


How Blockchain Is Changing Finance

March 1, 2017 |
Adjunct professor Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott in a column at Harvard Business Review. It begs the question: Why is our financial system so inefficient?


Trump, Trudeau and Trade

February 15, 2017 |
Prof. Walid Hejazi was a guest on The Monocle Daily on Monocle24, the online radio station from Monocle magazine on February 15. He discussed this week's meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump and Canada-U.S. trade. (Interview begins around 31 minutes into the program.)


The Façade of Post-Feminism

Spring 2017 |
Vanessa Iarocci, executive-in-residence at the Institute for Gender & the Economy, reviewed Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism, for the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Customer Satisfaction Before Profits at the Base of the Pyramid

February 6, 2017 |
Professor Gonzalo Romero and three other co-authors at INSEAD Knowledge on Base of the Pyramid as a profitable driver of technology adoption.


Students have designed an amazing new afterlife for our leftover coffee grounds

February 6, 2017 |
A team of MBA and engineering students from the University of Toronto came up with a simple recipe: They made a burnable log by mixing dried-out coffee grounds, paraffin wax, and sugar and baking it in a loaf pan.

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Entrepreneurial business judgment is Canada’s scarcest resource

February 6, 2016 |
Dean Tiff Macklem, with Robert Helsley, on Canada’s innovation underperformance: "There are many factors underlying this underperformance. Among the most frequently cited are the difficulty accessing venture capital and the scarcity of specialized talent needed to successfully grow new companies."

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The Case Against Overly Perky Salespeople

January 10, 2017 |
Professor Gary Latham quoted on the authenticity of sales representatives: "If people see it as genuine and sincere, it does have a positive effect," said Gary Latham, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. "If they see it as just people being trained and it's inauthentic, then it can backfire."

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On the iPhone's 10th anniversary, how it revolutionized smartphones

January 9, 2017 |
Professor Joshua Gans on the impact of the iPhone: "It was a dominant design," Joshua Gans, professor of strategic management at Rotman School of management told CBC News. "After the iPhone, all phones looked like it."

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Meet The Rotman MBA Class Of 2018

December 15, 2016 |
Members of the 2018 MBA Class at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management featured in Poets and Quants.

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Trump Got You Down? Check Out My Bubble — Toronto

December 13, 2016 |
Richard Florida on living in the City of Toronto: "We live in a great city, with diverse ethnic neighbourhoods, great schools, low crime and free healthcare for everyone."

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HIV Stigma Can Be More Dangerous Than The Disease Itself

December 1, 2016 |
Professor Laura Derksen on the policy surrounding HIV: "In fact, in 2016 the stigma surrounding HIV is probably more life-threatening than HIV itself."

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How Canada can get freer trade with China now, without waiting years for a free-trade deal

November 23, 2016 |
Rotman Professor Wendy Dobson, with Kevin Lynch, on the untapped potential of Chinese markets: "The untapped potential of Chinese markets and their burgeoning middle class offer tremendous scope and scale for export sales of both goods and services, creating new Canadian jobs and attracting additional investment."

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AI Risks and Rewards for the Financial Sector

November 18, 2016 |
Dean Tiff Macklem on artificial intelligence in the financial sector. He speaks on The Daily Brief.

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MBA Watch: The Rotman School of Management- University of Toronto

November 15, 2016 |
Dean Tiff Macklem on the Rotman School: “Our two flagship programmes are our undergraduate commerce programme, and our full-time, two-year MBA programme,” says Macklem. “The scale gives us an advantage, because we have such a depth of MBA talent, the world’s largest companies all look to recruit students from Rotman.”

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Tiff Macklem interviewed in The Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine

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Rotman School dean Tiff Macklem on the future of the Canadian MBA

September 28, 2016 |
Dean Tiff Macklem interviewed in Canadian Business: "My goal is to make Rotman a truly global brand in management education and research. Joe Rotman was a marvellous benefactor—a visionary—and I had the benefit of getting to know him before he died. If there’s one thing I learned from Joe, it’s that Canada should and can compete very successfully in the global marketplace."

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