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.

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Creating Great Choices

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

The combination of the stagnation of medium incomes and the rapid rise of high incomes is threatening the future of democratic capitalism. Its predictive future requires building a more robust knowledge, transactional and physical infrastructure for broadly shared prosperity.

ON Democratic Capitalism

The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy

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.

ON Social Innovation

Getting Beyond Better

News & Events

News & Events

  • April 24, 2011

    • Events

    Fixing the Game London Launch

    <p>The London launch of my book, <a title="Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes and What Capitalism can Learn from the NFL" href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1298301244&amp;sr=1-1" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);">Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes and What Capitalism can Learn from the NFL</a> is coming up on September 20. It will feature a panel with <em>Economist </em>columnist Arian Woolridge, <em>Financial Times </em>Business Life Editor Ravi Mattu, and Stefan Stern of <em>Edelman </em>(6-8 pm, Andaz London Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street). You can sign up for it at the <a title="Rotman School Events Page" href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);">Rotman School Events Page</a>.</p>
  • March 1, 2011

    • Events

    Upcoming Events

    <p>I thought I&rsquo;d draw your attention to a few upcoming <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);">Rotman School events</a> I&rsquo;m quite excited about:</p> <p>On Tuesday, March 29, we&rsquo;re hosting a panel discussion on Artistry Unleashed at the Savoy Hotel in London, England. Panelists include myself, <strong>Hilary Austen</strong> (author of the new book, <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">Artistry Unleashed</a>), <strong>Tyler Brul&eacute;</strong> (Editor-in-Chief of <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">Monocle</a>), <strong>Sue Siddall</strong> (Managing Director of <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">IDEO</a>&lsquo;s London office) and <strong>Derek Weil</strong> (a partner at <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">Pentagram</a>).</p> <p>On April 27, we&rsquo;re in Boston for another panel of thought leaders on artistry, this one featuring Hilary and I, plus <strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Michael Beirut</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">, (Partner, Pentagram), </span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Dan Buchner (</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Vice President &ndash; Innovation and Design,<a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);"> Continuum</a>) and </span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Colin Raney (</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Design Director, IDEO) .</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">And soon, we&rsquo;ll hold a series of talks on my new book, <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">Fixing the Game</a>. On May 5, <strong>Adi Ignatius</strong> (Editor-in-Chief, <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);" target="_blank">Harvard Business Review</a>) and I will discuss the book in Toronto. Then, we take the show on the road, with an events in New York (June 7, where we&rsquo;ll include Chrystia Freeland, Editor at Large &ndash; Reuters, in the conversation). Events in Singapore, London and elsewhere are also in the planning stages.</span></p>
  • April 7, 2010

    • Events

    Integrative Thinking for Executives

    <p><em>Update: The dates for 2011 are April 14-16 and October 20-22.</em></p> <p>I&rsquo;m often asked how people can learn more about integrative thinking and how they can develop their own integrative thinking abilities, short of coming to Rotman for an MBA. The short answer is this: <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);">Rotman&rsquo;s Integrative Thinking Program</a>. The program, which I developed with my colleague Jennifer Riel, is a three-day primer on integrative thinking. The next two offerings are April 22-24 and October 28-30.</p> <p>You can learn more about our approach by watching our short video, <a href="" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','']);">How to Solve Wicked Problems Using Integrative Thinking</a>.</p>
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