About This Show
Shiftdisturbers highlights the people, research and ideas that change the way we think about the world. It is the official podcast of the Martin Prosperity Institue, an academic think tank that aims to deepen our understanding of economic prosperity. Housed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the Institute's mission is to develop new understandings and inform the broader public conversation around shared and sustainable prosperity, an essential piece of democratic capitalism.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 16 Integrative Thinking
6 days ago
We take a look at integrative thinking, a problem-solving theory that MPI Institute director Roger Martin conceived about a dozen years ago. He’s written two books on the subject, 2007’s The Opposable Mind, and the just-released Creating Great Choices, co-authored by Jennifer Riel.
Put simply, integrative thinking is a technique through which two opposing ideas are “resolved” by taking the best elements of each to create a new, better idea. The theory was born out of Roger’s quest to get inside the heads of highly successful business leaders like Jack Welch and AG Lafley. But integrative thinking isn’t some business-speak laden theory reserved for managers. Rather, its premise can be applied to almost any situation, from the halls of government to elementary school classrooms.