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Rotman School Professor Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

September 8, 2020

Toronto – A professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for his contributions to the understanding of competition and cooperation among organizations.

Prof. Joel Baum is one of eighty-seven new fellows in the Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science who have been elected by their peers for their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences in Canada.

Prof. Baum has made multiple pioneering contributions to the understanding of competition and cooperation among organizations. His 100-plus peer-reviewed articles and chapters have shed new light on important issues such as organizational survival, organizational learning, and network formation, among others. Through all of this, he has been a leader in incorporating managerial agency into the study of organizations.

“It is hard to overstate Joel’s contributions to the field of strategy overall and within the Rotman School. In addition to his own highly regarded scholarly contributions, he founded a new journal, and mentored numerous PhD students and junior colleagues who have gone on to academic careers at the highest levels, He has also played a crucial role in Rotman’s successful efforts to recruit and retain the world-class faculty we have today,” says Prof. Kenneth Corts, Interim Dean.

Prof. Baum joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 1994. He has served as the strategic management area coordinator and as Associate Dean, Faculty at the Rotman School. He was a founding co-editor of Strategic Organization and served for over a decade as Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Strategic Management. Prof. Baum has received numerous awards for his research as well as for his teaching in Rotman School programs and is a fellow of the Academy of Management.  In addition, he is a member of the American Sociological Association, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and Strategic Management Society. He is a director of Rise Asset Development.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, and The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

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