“Good business is more than the bottom line. It’s crucial to consider the effects of business on people, society, culture and the environment. Our greatest return on investment comes from the outstanding achievements and contributions of our students, professors and alumni—not just toward business, but toward the societies in which they live.” - Peter Todd, Professor and former Dean, Desautels Faculty of Management
The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM)
Thanks to Marcel Desautels’ generous donation and vision for management education, our Faculty established the MDIIM in 2008.
Integrated management constructively faces the tensions of different perspectives on value to implement strategies that transcend rather than accept trade-offs. The MDIIM’s mandate is to develop an integrated approach to management for the Faculty—one that breaks down disciplinary barriers, embraces multiple perspectives, and encourages holistic, context-sensitive thinking about organizations.
The MDIIM develops and fosters an integrated approach to management education by:
- Driving cross-disciplinary teaching across the different streams and programs within the Faculty. Our redesigned MBA curriculum is a prime example.
- Leading innovative integrated research, teaching, and outreach initiatives. We leverage the research of our professors and the expertise of top business practitioners to create exceptional programs and course content. During their time at Desautels, students contribute to academic research and engage with practitioners through experiential learning opportunities, feeding directly back into practice.
- Encouraging different understandings of value that go beyond business as usual to include economic, social, and ecological concerns.
“It’s all about appreciating the validity and innovative potential of different perspectives on value."
- Professor Steve Maguire, Director, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM)
In seeking to promote integration, innovation, and ultimately impact, the MDIIM not only develops worldly management students with strong fundamental managerial skillsets, but also addresses values too often assumed to be in conflict with economic gain: health, social well-being, and sustainability.
These goals inspired us to develop a brand of management education with positive personal, organizational, and societal implications, driven by a wave of young new leaders with both a practical and theoretical appreciation of the importance of integrated management.
Outside of the MDIIM, the Faculty houses many other initiatives that go Beyond Business as Usual. We are currently developing and implementing novel projects that make important societal contributions in the following areas: