Diamonds in the Rough: Rotman School of Management

One of Canada’s top-ranked business schools for finance will soon benefit from the leadership of a foremost figure in the nation’s financial sector. After Roger Martin stepped down as the school’s dean last year, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has announced that Tiff Macklem, currently the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, will take over as dean for a five-year term beginning July 2014.

Rotman, which stands at 11th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest ranking of full-time MBA programs and first among Canadian programs, as ranked by the Financial Times, underwent significant growth under Martin’s deanship, both in campus size and endowment. Macklem’s appointment as dean may suggest a continued rise in Rotman’s academic profile and its reputation for financial education. “He has vast experience managing large institutions, translating academic research into public policy, and representing Canada on the world stage,” stated the university’s vice president and provost.

In addition to its finance-related strengths, Rotman offers a rather unique approach to core business pedagogy. Relying on what it terms “integrative thinking,” Rotman’s teaching model challenges the compartmentalization of traditional functional areas. Students complete a series of core courses in their first year that emphasize generalized business skills and the ability to think across functional disciplines. In their second year, they are given the option to choose from among ten different major areas, while supplementing their focus with a broader array of elective courses.

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