Integrative Thinking in Business

Part of the series Pluralism & Global Citizenship — valuing & creating value from difference in our local and global communities.

Explore how combining opposing ideas can lead to truly innovative ways of thinking and doing. Integrative thinking reveals inspiration in difference, by leveraging diversity towards greater success in business.  

Join a thoughtful conversation about pluralism and the value of difference in business strategy, with panelists Roger Martin, renowned thinker and Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management, and Dr. Justin Weinhardt, PhD, motivation and decision-making researcher and Associate Professor at the Haskayne School of Business. 

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About the speakers

Roger Martin

Roger Martin is Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. In 2017, Mr. Martin was named the world’s #1 management thinker in a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. Mr. Martin has written 12 books, including When More is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency. Roger received his BA from Harvard College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.  

Dr. Justin Weinhardt 

Dr. Justin Weinhardt, PhD is an Associate Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at UCalgary’s Haskayne School of Business. His research examines motivation, decision making, and mental health at work. He has published numerous academic journal articles on these topics and routinely publishes articles in popular press outlets such as The Globe and Mail and The Harvard Business Review. Dr. Weinhardt teaches leadership in the MBA and EMBA programs.  

About the Student Guest

Ivy Mai

Ivy Mai is an Honours undergrad student at the Haskayne School of Business with future plans to pursue graduate school. Her research interests focus on decision making and she is currently working with Dr. Weinhardt on examining racial bias in machine learning hiring algorithms.

About the moderators

Deborah Yedlin  

Community leader and Calgary journalist Deborah Yedlin was elected the 14th chancellor of the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2018. She has been observing, commenting and writing about business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald. In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator for CBC Radio and Television, and CTV since 1996. 

Dr. Aleem Bharwani, MD  

Dr. Aleem Bharwani is a physician, Clinical Associate Professor, and Director of Public Policy and Partnerships for the Indigenous, Local, and Global Health Office in the Cumming School of Medicine and O'Brien Institute for Public Health. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership and education. He chairs the UCalgary Pluralism Initiative's Research, Social Innovation, and Engagement Committee and curated the UCalgary Pluralism and Global Citizenship webinar series. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an active community citizen serving on a variety of community and corporate boards. Follow @AleemBharwani on Twitter. 

Pluralism & Global Citizenship webinar series

Valuing and creating value from difference in our local and global communities

The University of Calgary is proud to present the Pluralism and Global Citizenship webinar series. Co-hosted by University of Calgary Chancellor, Deborah Yedlin and Dr. Aleem Bharwani, Director for Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Cumming School of Medicine, the series will explore the many dimensions of pluralism: the active process of inclusion – recognizing, respecting and valuing difference.

  • Oct. 27: Multilateralism – Canada’s role in the world 
    Guests: Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec and recognized multilateralist; and Dru Marshall, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
  • Nov. 10: Integrative Thinking in Business
    Guests: Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Business; and Dr. Justin Weinhardt of the Haskayne School of Business
  • Dec. 1: Nurturing Empathy in Children
    Guests: Mary Gordon, Canadian educator, social entrepreneur, child advocate and parenting expert; and Dr. Diane Gereluk, Dean of the Werklund School of Education
  • Feb. 9: Truth vs Civility Online: Fact, Fiction, and Funny
    Guests: Tim Caufield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta; Andrew Phung award-winning actor, improv comedian, emcee, and writer from Calgary.
  • April 13: The Power of Stories To Shape a COVID Recovery
    Guests: Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General, Global Centre for Pluralism; and Dr. Malinda Smith, Professor and Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

Our partners

UCalgary’s Pluralism & Global Citizenship webinar series is presented with support from the Global Centre for Pluralism.