Roger Martin

Author, When More is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency

Roger Martin's research work is in strategy, democratic capitalism, integrative thinking, design of business, incentives & governance, and social innovation. He is a professor emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, academic director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and institute director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019.

Martin's newest book is When More is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency. His previous eleven books include Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel, Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg, and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley, which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 28 Harvard Business Review articles.

Martin received his BA from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981. He lives in South Florida with his wife, Marie-Louise Skafte.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Daniel Yergin: Energy, Markets and the Clash of Nations

The world economy is moving away from oil, and many world leaders think that transition needs to happen faster than the fossil fuel industry wants. But with extreme fires, droughts and floods hitting this country — not to mention a racial injustice awakening and global pandemic — can capitalism change itself in time?

“A lot of our systems are trapping us,” says business strategist Roger Martin. “The widely held publicly traded corporation is now trapped in a world where it has to start doing things that aren’t good for it.”