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Interim Dean Appointed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

May 15, 2020

Toronto – The University of Toronto has appointed Prof. Kenneth Corts as Interim Dean of the Rotman School of Management for a 13-month term beginning on June 3. He brings with him a wealth of experience in leadership positions at the Rotman School and the University as well as familiarity with the school’s people, programs, and research initiatives.


As announced earlier this month, current Dean Tiff Macklem will be stepping down to take up his new appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.


Prof. Corts is the Marcel Desautels Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Economics Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School. He is currently the School’s Vice-Dean, Faculty and Research, where he has successfully led initiatives to increase recognition of faculty accomplishments, improve faculty hiring and pay equity, increase research support for faculty, and launch new research institutes. He also serves as Academic Director of the Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship, where he has increased faculty research collaboration and student participation in activities related to sustainable finance and sustainability strategy. Earlier this year he served as Acting Dean of the Rotman School for a two-month term and in 2019 he was seconded to a leadership role at the University of Toronto serving as Acting Vice-President, Operations and Acting, Vice-Provost, Academic Operations, for a four-month term.


He previously served as Associate Dean, Undergraduate, and Director of Rotman Commerce, the undergraduate commerce program offered jointly by the Rotman School and U of T’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Before joining the Rotman School, he was an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Competition and Strategy area at Harvard Business School. He received his PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 1994. 


Through his research and teaching, Professor Corts applies advances in industrial organization economics, game theory, and competitive strategy to a wide range of problems and industries. His work addresses topics in pricing, network economics, technology adoption, organizational economics, and competition policy.


He has published numerous articles in academic journals such as the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. He has also published a number of Harvard Business School case studies that are used at top business schools throughout the world. He served as Editor at the Journal of Industrial Economics and has won grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


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