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Integrative Thinking Research Network
Integrative Thinking Research Network

Internationally renowned scholars push the frontiers of thought leadership

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The Integrative Thinking Research Network (ITRN) weaves together the threads of Integrative Thinking's intellectual umbrella using a multi-disciplinary approach. This wide focus introduces a revolutionary outlook to business thinking, while simultaneously embodying a depth that fully embodies the disciplines to be found within a business school. These projects address the challenges central to the MBA of the future.

The study of the mind, how we think, decide and interract are all key components of Integrative Thinking. Each is a mental model by which we conduct our lives. The Integrative Thinking Reseach Network (ITRN) takes a look at various aspects of the humsn psyche and behaviour to better understand the models with which we work. Once we are introduced to the constructs of our thoughts and actions, we are able to step back and perceive new ways of thinking and problem solving. The ITRN takes a multi-disciplinary approach that reveals a series of well-defined facets from the pedagogical jewel of Integrative Thinking's research. This wide focus enables a well-rounded approach while maintaining greath depth that embodies the disciplines to be found within a business school and address the challenges central to the MBA of the future.

Have a look at some of our eclectic and thought-provoking research...

Bernardo Blum and Will Strange Skills in the City

Will Strange is the RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Professor of Real Estate & Urban Economics
Bernardo Blum is an Associate Professor of Business Economics at Rotman

They have been investigating the economic return of skills in the context of agglomerations of skilled individuals (for example, cities). Their work has focused on identifying productive super-modular interactions among different skillsets as a way of explaining the wage differential between urban and non-urban workers. Further work will seek to identify the return to both individuals and communities of certain convex combinations of skills that can be identified, selected, trained or developed. Marigee Bacolod, Department of Econmics, University of California, was a collaborator.

Jordan Peterson Measuring high-value decision making

Jordan Peterson is a clinical pscyhologist, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto

Using a combination of neuro-psychological, personality and cognitive measures, Jordan Peterson and his multi-disciplinary team have designed, piloted and tested scales and measurement tools for what have previously been considered "ineffeable" components of human ingenuity. This tool will form the basis for an entirely new approach to selecting, evaluating and training the high value decision makers of the future.

View research paper on Predictive Measures for High Value Decision Making

Related article: The Path to Insight: Cognitive Abilities for Dealing with Ill-Structured Problems

Dilip Soman Biases in Intertemporal Judgments and Debiasing Strategies

Dilip Soman is the Corus Chair in Communication Strategy and Professor of Marketing at the Rotman School of Management

Xiuping Li, Assistant Professor of Marketing, National University of SingaporeAmar Cheema, Assistant Professor, Washington University at St. Louis
Maggie Wenjing Liu, Ph.D. candidate, Rotman School of Management
Hee-Kyung Ahn, Ph.D. candidate, Rotman School of Management
Jaewoo Joo, Ph.D. candidate, Rotman School of Management

Mihnea Moldoveanu An Analytical and Empirical Enquiry into the Neurological, Psychological and Social Mechanisms of Automaticity and Closure

Mihnea Moldoveanu is the Associate Dean of the Full Time MBA Program
Director, Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
Marcel Desautels Professor of Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management

View Mihnea's book, Inside Man: The discipline of modelling human ways of being, published in 2011