Roger Martin, a professor and former dean at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, has been named the best management thinker in the world, according to Thinkers50.
Martin, who served as Dean of the Rotman School between 1998 and 2012, currently serves as the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School, where he holds the premier’s chair in Productivity and Competitiveness. He has authored eleven books on the topic of management, such as Getting Beyond Better and Playing to Win, which was honored with a best business book award by Thinkers50 in 2013.
While Roger Martin took the incredible distinction of top thinker in the world, several additional Rotman faculty/affiliates also found their place on the list, including two fellows of the Martin Prosperity Institute: author Adam Grant, currently a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, placing eighth on the list, and writer Nilofer Merchant, placing 22nd. Grant’s 2016 book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World was a New York Times best-seller and frequently regarded as one of the best nonfiction releases of the year. Meanwhile, Merchant’s August release, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, was also highly-praised, earning the coveted Financial Times book of the month award upon its release.
Also on the list was Rotman professor Richard Florida, who curently serves as the Cities Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School. Florida, whose research dives into the social, demographic and economic factors that drive the 21st century global economy, also serves as co-founder and editor-at-large of The Atlantic‘s CityLab.
Thinkers50 is one of the premier rankings of global business thinkers in the world, aiming to identifying and sharing the leading management ideas of the era. Thinkers50 is centered around three main ideas: that new thinking can shape a better future, that management is central to human affairs, and that ideas have the power to change the world. Take a look at the rest of the Thinkers50 ranking shortlist here, as well as Martin’s “Strategic Choices” video with Harvard Business Review from early 2017 below.
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