Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, tells us how businesspeople need to become designers to create something new and fantastic, and not just analyze the past.
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By pushing the principles of scientific management too far, corporations are short-circuiting their own futures, says the designiest dean of all the business schools. "The enemy of innovation is the phrase 'prove it,'" Roger Martin says.
Roger Martin has come clean: Barack Obama made him cry. In his remarks during the plenary opening of the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, the dean of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management confessed that he cried "several times" during Obama's inaugural address. One line in particular struck him: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."