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Anita McGahan

Rotman Chair in Management
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Room B219, 315 Bloor Street West




Anita M. McGahan is Professor and Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.  She is cross appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Physiology Department of the Medical School; is Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; is the Chief Economist in the Division of Health and Human Rights at the Massachusetts General Hospital; and is President-Elect of the Academy of Management.  In 2013, she was elected by the Academy of Management’s 18,000+ membership to the Board of Governors and into the Presidency rotation.  In 2014, she joined the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance.  During her 2010-2015 appointment as the Director of Toronto’s PhD Program and as the Associate Dean of Research, the School’s PhD and research rankings internationally increased from #11 to #4 and #17 to #4, respectively.

McGahan earned both her PhD and AM at Harvard University in two years. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she received highest academic honors as a Baker Scholar, and a BA from Northwestern University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also spent several years at both McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley & Company and was previously on the faculties of both Harvard Business School and Boston University. She has visited the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the London Business School, the Australian Graduate School of Management, and the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health at Harvard Medical School.

McGahan’s credits include three books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. Her current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations.   She is also pursuing a long-standing interest in the inception of new industries.  Her recent work emphasizes innovation in the governance of technology to improve global health.  McGahan has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development.  In 2010, she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s Irwin Distinguished Educator Award and, in 2012, the Academy conferred on McGahan its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of Business Schools.  In 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, and in 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Selected Publications:

(2016). “How Do Firms and Markets Co-Develop? Exploring the Role of Incubators in Emerging Market Economics,” Nilanjana Dutt, Olga V. Hawn, Elena Vidal, Aaron Chatterji, Anita M McGahan, and Will Mitchell, Academy of Management Journal(2016) 59:766-790 doi:10.5465/amj.2014.0286, available athttp://amj.aom.org/content/59/3/818.abstract?etoc.

 “Governance and pharmacovigilance in Brazil: A scoping review,” Kathy Moscou, Jillian Claire Kohler, Anita M. McGahan, The Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, (2016, forthcoming).

(2015). “Assessing health program performance in low- and middle-income countries: building a feasible, credible, and comprehensive framework,” Onil Bhattacharyya, Kathryn Mossman, John Ginther, Leigh Hayden, Raman Sohal, Jieun Cha, Ameya Bopardikar, John A. MacDonald, Himanshu Parikh, Ilan Shahin, Anita McGahan, and Will Mitchell, Globalization and Health 11:51 (December 2015), 1-16.

(2015). “Are global and regional improvements in life expectancy and in child, adult and senior survival slowing?,” Ryan J Hum, Stéphane Verguet, Yu-Ling Cheng, Anita M McGahan, Prabhat Jha, PLOS One.

(2015). “Progress in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in the United States between 2001 and 2010,” Keyvan Vakili, Anita M McGahan, Rahim Rezaie, William Mitchell, Abdallah Daar, PLOS One (March 26, 2015), available athttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0120052 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120052.

(2014). “Trans-national Scale-up of Services in Global Health,” Ilan Shahin, Raman Sohal, John Ginther, Leigh Hayden, John A. MacDonald, Kathryn Mossman, Himanshu Parikh, Anita McGahan, Will Mitchell, and Onil Bhattacharyya, PLOS One (November 2014), DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0110465, available at http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110465.

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