Roger Martin Becomes Chair of The Bridgespan Group's Knowledge Advisory Board

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Former Dean of Rotman School to Help Set Research and Influence Agenda

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Bridgespan has an extraordinary reputation for client work and thought leadership. I’m delighted to work with the team and fellow advisory board members to help broaden and deepen the Group’s impact on knowledge development in the field.

The Bridgespan Group announced today that Rotman School of Management Professor and former Dean Roger Martin has joined Bridgespan’s Knowledge Advisory Board as chair, following the untimely passing of former chair Professor Greg Dees of Duke University’s Fuqua School. In this capacity Martin will lead a group of nine fellow advisors in helping Bridgespan set its research and influence agenda which aims to strengthen organizations and leaders focused on breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty.

Dees, often credited with founding the academic discipline of social entrepreneurship, collaborated with Martin, whose thought leadership straddles corporate strategy, business design, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise.

Jeff Bradach, Bridgespan’s co-founder and managing partner said, “We are thrilled to have Roger’s thought leadership and guidance as we move into a phase of knowledge creation and sharing that will open up our research and dissemination platforms to mission-driven, cross-sector collaborators seeking to scale solutions for disadvantaged communities. A former co-head of Monitor Group (now a unit of Deloitte) and 15-year dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Roger brings extraordinary insight to our mission.”

According to Martin, author of eight books and nineteen articles in Harvard Business Review, “Bridgespan has an extraordinary reputation for client work and thought leadership. I’m delighted to work with the team and fellow advisory board members to help broaden and deepen the Group’s impact on knowledge development in the field.”

Martin also serves on the board of the Skoll Foundation and as academic director of Rotman’s Martin Prosperity Institute. He is a renowned speaker and was named business school dean of the year for 2013 by the influential MBA website Poets & Quants and the third top management thinker in the world by Thinkers50 also in 2013.

Bridgespan Partner and head of Knowledge Katie Smith Milway added, “One of Roger’s many gifts is an ability to distill complexity into clear, compelling questions that get at the essence of decision. He’s already got us thinking about the right mix of analysis and imagination in our research approaches.”


About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group ( is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning. We work on issues related to society’s most important challenges and to break cycles of intergenerational poverty. Our services include strategy consulting, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing practical insights.

About Roger Martin

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. In 2013, he was named business school dean of the year by the influential MBA website Poets & Quants. 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.

His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He has written nineteen Harvard Business Review articles and published eight books, most recently the award-winning Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley) (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013). In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, moving up from 6th in 2011 and 32nd in 2009. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2007 he was named a Business Week 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven 'Innovation Gurus' in 2005.

He serves on a number of public service boards: Skoll Foundation, Canadian Credit Management Foundation, Tennis Canada (past chair), and Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress (chair). A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

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