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Roger Martin

Roger Martin is a highly influential academic - both fearless and eclectic, he creates theories and roots out misconceptions that stop business leaders basing their choices on false assumptions.

A highly influential thinker, Roger Martin has written several business books and more than 12 Harvard Business Review Articles which have led to the creation of the theories of integrative thinking and design based thinking.

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About Roger Martin

Awards, Accolades, Achievements, Honours

  • 2017 Ranked number 1 in the Thinkers 50 list
  • 2011 Ranked number 6 in the Thinkers 50 list
  • Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers 50 Book Award
  • Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers 50 Breakthrough Idea Award
  • 2010 Business Week - one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.
  • 2007 B-School All-Star from Business Week - top 10 most influential business professors in the world.
  • Fixing the Game named the Best Management Book of 2011 by strategy+business magazine.
  • Roger Martin was born in 1956 in Wallenstein, Ontario, Canada. He studied Economics at Harvard - receiving an MBA from their Business School in 1981. He spent 13 years at the management consultants Monitor Group in Cambridge Massachusetts, eventually becoming a director and co-head. He founded their Canadian office and became involved in the Monitor University. He was appointed dean of the Rotman School of Management in 1998.


In his best-known book - The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking he argues that we should study the thought processes of exceptional leaders in order to develop ways of solving complex problems. In his next book, The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage Martin suggests that organizations adopt an approach which is less analytical and closer to that used in the design process.
Martin has gone on to look at capitalism itself in Fixing the Game, Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn From the NFL, asking whether successive crashes and ethical lapses can be corrected by rewarding real results rather than share prices. He argues that CEOs need to re-connect with reality rather than simply trying to maximize shareholder value.

Martin has shared his expertise with the CEOs of leading global corporations and he writes regular columns and blogs for The Washington Post and The Financial Times. He is also a regular columnist for Business Week Online's Innovation and Design Channel. He is Director of the AIC Institute for Corporate Citizenship, sits on the boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation and Research in Motion and is chair of Tennis Canada.

Current/Past Roles and Positions

  • Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
  • Creator of Integrative thinking and Design Thinking
  • Author of Fixing the Game - why capitalism is broken and how to fix it.
  • Ranked Number 6 in the 2011 Thinkers50 - shortlisted for Thinkers50 Book Award and Breakthrough Idea Award

Speaking Style

Roger Martin speaks with huge conviction - delivering his sometimes controversial and hard-hitting theories with charm and wit.

Speaking Topics

  • Incentives
  • Jurisdictional competitiveness and prosperity
  • Social innovation
  • Executive compensation and governance
  • Strategic choice architecture
  • Integrative thinking
  • Design thinking
  • Think like a Leader


Testimonial for Fixing the Game: "Fixing the Game is a passionate, timely, and incisive look at how todays capitalist system, with its commitment to shareholder value, is leading to bubbles and crashes. He presents some tough-minded solutions." - The Globe and Mail

Testimonial for Fixing the Game: "American capitalism hangs in the balance, writes Martin. His book gives a clear explanation as to why this is so and what should be done to save it. Brilliant new book." -

Testimonial for Fixing the Game: "His conclusions have a global relevance" - Financial Times

Books By Roger Martin

  • Fixing the Game, Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn From the NFL (2011)
  • The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage (2009)
  • The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (2007)
  • The Future of the MBA: Designing the Thinker of the Future (2008)
  • The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets-and The Rest Of Us-Can Harness The Power Of True Partnership (2002)
  • Dia-Minds with Mihnea Moldoveanu (2010)

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