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Roger Martin

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School

Roger Martin is one of the most respected business minds in the world today, a champion of innovation, cross-disciplinary study, and learning-by-doing. A highly regarded author and director of the Rotman School’s Martin Prosperity Institute, Martin is changing the face of business—and business education.

“Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do,” Roger Martin says, “we need to understand and emulate how they think.” And, if you study them closely, many of today’s exceptional leaders—from A.G. Lafley of Procter and Gamble to Meg Whitman of eBay—practice Roger Martin’s form of Integrative Thinking; a big picture approach which takes into account the fact that, at top levels of management, problems rarely fall neatly into segregated categories. He’s also an advocate of Design Thinking—a concept that balances analytical thought processes with intuitive thinking. With Martin’s expert guidance, these two schools of thought can be successfully learned and implemented.

In Roger Martin’s latest book, Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking, he examines Integrative Thinking. When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn’t good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of us don’t get us what we need? In those cases, rather than choosing the least worst option, we can use the models in front of us to create a new and superior answer. This is integrative thinking.

In his book, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, Roger Martin examines the role that social entrepreneurs play in driving societal transformation. He explores their propensity to target existing systems that are stable, yet unjust, and disrupt and transform them using novel ways of thinking. In Playing to Win, Roger Martin shows leaders in any type of organisation how to guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals—a proven method that has worked for some of today’s most celebrated brands and products. Fixing the Game takes lessons from the National Football League and applied them to a critical issue facing American capitalism: that increasing shareholder value is the ultimate job of any company. The Design of Business shows how leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Cirque du Soleil, RIM, and others use design thinking to produce breakthrough innovations. And, The Opposable Mind, a Globe and Mail Top Ten Business Book, focuses on what leaders think, rather than what they do.

In 2017, Roger Martin was awarded Number One Thinker by Thinkers50 having previously won the Social Enterprise Award in 2015 and Thinkers50 Book Award in 2013.  He has been consistently ranked by Thinkers50 since 2011.

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Play to Win Improve the Architecture of Your Strategic Choices

Roger Martin is devoted to helping senior management teams improve the architecture of their strategy choices. They often find themselves struggling to determine what choices really need to be tackled to advance the cause of their organizations. And when they tackle whatever choices they think are important, they tend to struggle to make the choices, and even more, to see those choices convert to action. As a result, there is perceived to be a crisis of “implementation” in organizations. Martin sees the problem as one of how strategic choices are made. In this talk, he shares his process of Strategic Choice Structuring, designed to help management teams focus on high-value choices, making inspired choices, and making them in a way that leads to productive action. It is a process used by major companies like Procter & Gamble and Dun & Bradstreet.

Integrative Thinking

In this keynote, Roger Martin shows how successful businesspeople engage in what he calls Integrative Thinking: creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. He describes how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions: “What are the causal relationships at work here?” “What are the implied trade-offs?” He also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills of by drawing on different kinds of knowledge, including conceptual and experiential knowledge. Integrative thinking can be learned, he says, and this talk is the first step in helping audience members master this vital skill.

Fixing the Game What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL

In this keynote, Roger Martin reveals the culprit behind the sorry state of American capitalism: our deep and abiding commitment to the idea that the purpose of the firm is to maximize shareholder value. This theory has led to a massive growth in stock-based compensation for executives and, through this, to a naive and wrongheaded linking of the real market (the business of designing, making, and selling products and services) with the expectations market (the business of trading stocks, options, and complex derivatives). Using the National Football League as his primary example, Martin illustrates that it is possible to take a much more thoughtful and effective approach than we now do to seize American capitalism from the jaws of the expectations market and plant it firmly in the real market—and he presents the steps we must take now to do so.

Publications

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Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking

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Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL

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Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

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Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

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Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

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The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

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Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers

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    £30k to £50k

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    £30k to £50k

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    £30k to £50k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £30k to £50k

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  • Canada

Languages

English

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