Here's how former Rotman Dean Roger Martin describes it: "The typical way of dealing with problems is to list several solutions and decide on the best one, as though it were wrong to select more than one.
Business students are taught to analyze business problems in this way: option A yields $2.8 million, option B yields $3.4 million, so option B is superior.
The Rotman School has developed Integrative Thinking to teach so that our students graduate with long-lasting techniques for framing problems, learning consciously, precisely and continuously, and drawing from diverse disciplines.
Because of this, our graduates are equipped to tackle problems that don't even exist yet.
In fact, the majority of complex issues require an innovative solution that draws just in the middle of the most suitable alternatives.
To generate such solutions it is important to eliminate barriers to creativity (fed by rational analysis) and think of new, not yet explored, ideas.If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be merged, redirected, or deleted.He describes Integrative Thinking as the process of integrating intuition, reason and imagination in a human mind with a view to developing a holistic continuum of strategy, tactics, action, review and evaluation for addressing a pregrative Thinking may be learned by applying the SOARA (Satisfying, Optimum, Achievable Results Ahead) Process devised by Graham Douglas to any problem.Rotman is serious about transforming higher education to equip students to address real problems in the real world.Rotman is bringing problem solvers to the world…A new way to think…A new way to do business.Being able to hold these different viewpoints in our mind’s eye is like viewing a many-faceted diamond. You might ask why anyone would want to do something that makes their head hurt? In fact, Integrative Thinking is all about modelling and bridging the limitations of our conditioned thought patterns.Our graduates are trained to find exceptional solutions to wicked problems.Integrative Thinking is a discipline and methodology for framing and solving real-world problems, and it's the basis of the new pedagogy embraced at the Rotman School.In an increasingly complex world, achieving successful business solutions using the old “tried and true” methods is becoming ineffective.Learn more about how you can start honing your Integrative Thinking tools, and about the Self Development Lab - a set of voluntary modules within the FT MBA Program that bridge the gap between academic studies and real life.More and more, employers are demanding that the pool of MBA grads from which they hire is ready to tackle complex business problems in real time.