Roger Martin, a strategic advisor and former dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has been named the world’s leading business thinker by Thinkers50, a London-based consulting firm. Thinkers50 was founded by business consultants and authors Stuart Cranier and Des Dearlove — they started the Thinkers50 ranking in 2001. Since then, they’ve published it every two years.
Thinkers50 calls Roger Martin a “design-thinking expert.” Martin’s tenth book, released this fall, is “Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking.” It argues that, when we face a difficult decision and unacceptable options, we don’t have to simply choose among the obviously available options and tradeoffs. “We can use the models in front of us to create a new and superior answer,” reads the book’s description. Martin has also spearheaded a re-evaluation of capitalism in light of widening inequality, and he has explored what it means to be a “socially effective executive,” according to a Thinkers50 press release.
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