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What is Management Research?

Rotman researchers study a broad range of management issues using a variety of methodologies and underlying disciplines.

For a faster, cheaper way to identify new COVID-19 cases, look in the sewer

A Rotman professor takes a novel approach to tracking down COVID-19 infected households and neighbourhoods.

Companies that embrace social movements for PR or profit do more harm than good

Without a genuine commitment to change, organizations can do real damage to important causes.

Why rational shoppers might hoard supplies and how to prevent a second wave of panic buying

Professor Matthew Osborne’s research shows that consumers plan ahead at the grocery store.

Rotman experts on COVID-19: the need for global cooperation, how to build back better and what cities will look like

A look back at how researchers at Rotman have contributed to the ongoing conversation about navigating the global pandemic.

Listen up, leaders: what you need to think about when it comes to reopening responsibly

Rotman Professors Avi Goldfarb and Anita McGahan and alumnus Alex Yeo (MBA '14) draw on the latest research insights and first-hand experience to guide managers on how to navigate this next chapter of COVID-19.

Why COVID-19 might have altered your perception of risk and your policy preferences

Professor Spike Lee’s latest paper explains why the global pandemic has evoked certain emotional responses and why it has been so heavily intertwined with xenophobic attitudes.

COVID-19 and the future of cities

Professors Richard Florida and Shauna Brail discuss the resiliency of cities and what’s required to rebuild them.

How to Build Back Better After COVID-19

Professors Sarah Kaplan and Soo Min Toh explain why organizations need to rethink work, strategy and governance.

Working on the next big innovation? Make sure to build up your network first

Professor Bill McEvily’s research explains why teams that develop extensive and diverse networks have a competitive advantage in the innovation space.

How to get hired during COVID-19: experts share their tips

From conquering the online interview to approaching networking in a new way, Professor Maja Djikic and Rotman alumna Mary Sullivan share their strategies for navigating the virtual job hunt.

COVID-19 and supply chains: what the experts are thinking about now

Three experts reflect on what the global pandemic has taught us in terms of building more resilient supply chains.

‘Economics in the Age of COVID-19' investigates the long-term effects of the global pandemic

In his new book, Economics in the Age of COVID-19, Professor Joshua Gans tackles the big questions that come up in a pandemic economy.

The future of global supply chains and international trade: experts tackle the big questions around COVID-19 and the global economy

In a new webinar, experts in trade and economic policy examine new perspectives on global supply chains, trade, manufacturing and immigration emerging during the COVID-19 crisis.

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How to take control of your personal finances during COVID-19

A new Rotman webinar looks at how to make smart financial decisions and rise above the panic that develops during a crisis.

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Rotman Professors discuss COVID-19 and what life will look when the economy reopens

How professors at the Rotman School have responded to the big questions surrounding the global pandemic and rebuilding our economy.

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Why innovation is critical for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis

Experts in design discuss innovation readiness and what organizations of all types can do to encourage the innovation necessary to adapt to the challenges brought on by the global pandemic.

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Rotman experts on what to expect when the economy reopens

Rotman professors Nicola Lacetera and Anita McGahan discuss what work could look like after the COVID-19 crisis and what leaders should be thinking about right now.

Rotman professors on COVID-19: examining Canada’s economic future, what businesses can do, social distancing compliance and more

A look back at how Rotman professors contributed to the conversation around COVID-19 in early April 2020.

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How to be an effective manager during the COVID-19 crisis

In a new webinar, Rotman Professor Geoffrey Leonardelli and Rotman alumna Rachel Megitt (MBA ‘10) tackle the tough questions facing leaders today.

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Feeling unfocused? Rotman experts on staying energized and productive during the COVID-19 crisis

Rotman professors share practical advice on how to take control of our time and energy.

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Two essential traits of high-performing teams: they test solutions quickly and stay focused

Recent research by Rotman Professor Marlys Christianson sheds light on what effective teams do right.


Guanghua-Rotman Centre brings much-needed clarity to Chinese markets

A new research centre at Rotman takes a closer look at how Chinese companies operate and report financial information.


For finance professionals, knowing the nuts of bolts of machine learning is a must

A Rotman professor explains how machine learning fits into the future of business.


In the age of apps, how do we design smarter systems that produce less waste?

Professor Ming Hu searches for ways to match supply and demand efficiently in the context of the sharing economy, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.


Why organizations can’t ignore online reviews

Online reviews have become substitutes for traditional advertising in the hotel industry, a new study finds.

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‘Innovation + Equality’ pushes readers to strive for a Star Trek future

In their new book, a Rotman professor and his co-author propose policies that will promote innovation and equality.

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‘Living with China’ discusses why Canada needs a forward-looking China strategy

A Rotman professor puts China’s steady economic growth and policies into context for the business generalist.

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'The 360° Corporation' will give leaders the confidence to start and follow through with a transformative change

In her new book, Professor Sarah Kaplan urges business professionals to examine their organizations from the perspectives of all stakeholders — all 360 degrees around them.

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Investors: acknowledge that you’re human, keep calm when financial planning

A Rotman researcher looks at the human factors that shape financial decision making.

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Key things to keep in mind when building great teams

A Rotman researcher wants to know what unites and divides people.

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When it comes to our perceptions and expectations, company size matters

A recent Rotman study shows that consumers pay attention to the size and type of companies they deal with, and they make certain judgement calls about customer service and competence.

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The Rotman School’s quantum expert: we’re in the right place, at the right time

A Rotman researcher discusses why we need to start thinking about quantum computing.

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'From Wall Street to Bay Street' explains why it’s worth looking back at our financial roots

A new comparative history text, written by Rotman professors, is an essential read for finance professionals everywhere.

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To keep the creative juices flowing, employees should be receptive to criticism from supervisors, peers and followers

New research shows that negative feedback can help or hinder creativity. It depends on where the criticism comes from.

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When it comes to driving environmental and social change, local policies can have global effects

A Rotman PhD student looks at the roles of relationships between firms in driving responsible business practices globally

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The role of institutional investors in driving environmental and social change

Organizations are stepping up because their investors are demanding it.

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Seeking investment advice? Check Twitter

Research shows investors can benefit from paying attention to social media.

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Getting at the root causes and effects of the gender gap — by scouring public records

A Rotman researcher digs through public records and financial reports to get at the origins and real effects of the gender gap.

Tired of waiting? Rotman profs look at how to reduce hospital wait times

Using in-depth data analysis, Rotman researchers analyze the inner workings of one hospital’s recently redesigned emergency department.

What our spending says about us

A Rotman professor shares some key insights on our purchasing decisions.

Finding the right ecosystem, planning and taking risks for successful innovation

A Rotman professor on creating or finding spaces that inspire creativity and imagination to feed innovation.

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‘Prediction Machines’: what AI could mean for your job, your business

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), most of us feel a mix of excitement and dread. On the one hand, AI could make our lives significantly easier by automating everyday tasks. At the same time, we can’t help but wonder how this technology might make our jobs — and us — redundant.


‘Meltdown’ explores why crises happen, why transparency is key

A Rotman professor has developed an essential handbook on preventing and managing disasters.

How small details can made a big difference in economic development

Rotman professor looks at how micro-level factors might influence economic development in emerging economies — in ways we might not expect.

A closer look into the mind of the consumer

A Rotman researcher examines technologies that could be used for measuring consumer tastes and choices

Exploring new approaches in finance

Professor Claire Célérier
Rotman professor examines household welfare and makes sense of trends in financial services, products and innovation

How cities form and why they change

Professor Nathanial Baum-Snow
A Rotman researcher looks at why neighbourhoods change, how they form and how their development relates to infrastructure projects

How to love networking, deal with competent jerks and inspire change

Professor Tiziana Casciaro
A Rotman researcher explores the significance of organizational networks

Where you sit at work matters

Professor Christopher Liu’s research provides some important considerations on how organizations can go about creating functional spaces that benefit individuals and the broader business.

Working out the supply and demand — and ethical considerations — for blood, organs and body parts

Professor Nicola Lacetera
A Rotman researcher examines people’s motivations and ethics when it comes to money, time and their bodies.

Taking a management approach to solving healthcare problems

Professor Anita McGahan
A Rotman researcher examines and tackles the major challenges in healthcare with a business mindset.

Building better corporate boards

Professor Aida Wahid
How do we assemble a board of directors that can monitor activities effectively and guide management in making the right moves?

Taking a closer look at how to hire the right people for the job

Professor Mitch Hoffman
A professor of Strategic Management looks at how employees and employers behave and make decisions

When it comes to financial markets, how much is too much information?

Professor Liyan Yang
Finance researcher is interested in whether the regulations surrounding financial information and disclosures make sense

Making sense of an unpredictable real estate market

Professor Lu Han
Business Economics researchers strive to predict future trends and purchasing behaviours in real estate

Getting disease-fighting drugs to those who need them

Professor Gonzalo Romero
Rotman researcher studies how foundations can make the most out of fundraised money

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Taking the risky business out of crowdfunding

Professor Avi Goldfarb
Rotman researcher explores the costs and benefits of raising capital online.

How to Keep Your Cool in High-Stakes Negotiations

Professor Sonia Kang
Study examines how students and employees can reclaim their power during challenging situations.

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