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Message from the Dean

Energy that transforms

The Rotman School is a catalyst for breakthrough thinking and a testing ground for bold solutions to stubborn problems. Our research, teaching and learning is centred around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society

Why is the Rotman School of Management having such an impact? Not only in Toronto and across Canada, but in Silicon Valley, New York, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, São Paulo and other leading business and commercial centres around the globe?

It’s a question that sparks a constellation of answers: First and foremost is our relentless drive to innovate, to move faster, to constantly sharpen our relevance – to excel even as we set a higher standard. Equally important is our conviction that we know what Rotman stands for, as a vibrant and inclusive school united by our shared values and our commitment to transforming business and society today, while inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.

When you pose the question of impact to our diverse Rotman community – our students, faculty and staff, and the network of business and research partners who extend that impact worldwide – you get an equally diverse range of answers.

Some point to the success of Rotman graduates – the tens of thousands of people who credit our programs with launching, redirecting or reinventing their careers.

Then there’s the high-quality research conducted by our faculty and students, which informs business thinking and corporate strategy around the globe.

We’re also deeply engaged with the business community, forging innovative partnerships in key sectors from high tech to biotech. And we share insights with a wider audience through speaker series, special events and publications.

Above all, Rotman is a catalyst for breakthrough thinking and a testing ground for bold solutions to stubborn problems. Everything we focus on – advancing knowledge and innovation, rethinking old models and creating new ones, fostering personal and career growth, promoting diversity and inclusion – is aimed at producing change for the better.

This transformative spirit is especially evident in our labs, research centres and institutes. We’re helping tech startups scale up in the Creative Destruction Lab. Exploring the power of design thinking at Rotman DesignWorks. Illuminating equity issues at the Institute for Gender and the Economy. Analyzing how people make choices at Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR). And the list goes on.

Rotman scholars are contributing insights on everything from how to manage a corporate crisis to the business applications of artificial intelligence. And as our faculty members take interdisciplinary research in new directions, they’re also changing perspectives on traditional management topics – for example, reconsidering the fundamentals of finance in light of both new technologies and social change.

Lastly, Rotman creates unique programs in response to emerging needs. From the Master’s in Management Analytics to the Global EMBA for Healthcare and the Life Sciences, we’re mapping out new territory in management education. At the same time, we’ve enhanced our full-time MBA program with more flexible internships and additional first-year electives, ensuring students gain the knowledge and experience they’re looking for in a more customized learning program.

These are just some of the reasons why we’re seen as a global standard setter. You can discover the many dimensions of Rotman on this website. Or better still, visit our campus at the University of Toronto – in the heart of Canada’s commercial and financial capital, and one of the world’s most dynamic, multicultural cities. Come and experience first-hand the transformative energy we’ve tried to capture in our tagline:

Rotman. Here’s where it changes.

Tiff Macklem



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