Integrative thinking is a form of reasoning which allows you to constructively face the tensions of opposing models. Instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, you generate a creative solution. Your solution contains elements of the individual models, but is superior to each.

ON Integrative Thinking

The Opposable Mind

Organizations need to incorporate the best of design thinking into their ways of working to unleash innovation and creativity. An organization will be able to counter-balance analytical thinking with intuitive thinking – to enable it to both exploit existing knowledge and create new knowledge. 

ON Design of Business

The Design Of Business

Critical to the success of every organization, strategy is not a long planning exercise or document. Strategy can be simple, fun and effective and is founded on a set of five interrelated and powerful choices that positions an organization to win. 

ON Strategy

Playing To win

While prevailing theory holds that stock-based compensation perfectly aligns corporate executives’ incentives with those of shareholders, it does the opposite. As a consequence, executives have done brilliantly while shareholders have become increasingly frustrated. Incentives and governance practice needs to be transformed to enable corporations to prosper in a way that better serves society.

ON Incentives & Governance

Fixing the Game

My work in Canada, and around the globe, focuses on determining high-impact ways for modern economies to build, enhance, and/or renovate key facets of the infrastructure underlying democratic capitalism, to produce prosperity that is both broadly experienced and sustainable.

ON Competitiveness & Prosperity

Canada: What it is, what it can be

For both social entrepreneurs and corporations, the key tenet of social innovation is finding ways to make the world a better place. My work focuses on building tools for social entrepreneurs to create more powerful models for creating value for society and developing models to guide corporations on a path of productive corporate citizenship.

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The Case for Definition

DIA-MINDS

Co-authored with Mihnea Moldoveanu

What constitutes successful thinking in business? What are some of the techniques used by top business minds in order to solve problems and create value? Dia-minds breaks new ground in addressing these questions.

Mihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin, creators of the Integrative Thinking curriculum at the Rotman School of Management, draw upon case studies and interviews – as well as theories and models from cognitive psychology, epistemology, analytic philosophy, and semiotics – to offer a new conception of successful intelligence that is immediately applicable to business situations. The ‘dia-mind’ (or dialogical mind) is characterized by bi-stability (simultaneously holding opposite plans, models, courses of action in mind while retaining the ability to act), meliorism (increasing the logical depth and informational breadth of one’s thinking processes), choicefulness (retaining the ability to choose among various representations of the world, the self and others) and polyphony (thinking about the way one formulates and solves a problem while at the same time thinking about the problem itself).

End-of-chapter exercises encourage readers to examine and re-engineer their own thought and perception patterns to develop these qualities and cultivate their own ‘dia-minds.’

FORMAT: Hard Cover
 PUBLISHER: University of Toronto Press
PUBLISH DATE: December 2009
ISBN: 0802099912
PAGES: 192

"A must-read for all students and practitioners of problem solving in business and beyond."
– Martin Reeves, Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group; Director, BCG Strategy Institute

MEET roger

Roger Martin is Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management.  From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean.  Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.

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