IHMA Necessary Conversation: Anita McGahan on Immigration & Impassioned Management Scholarship


Please join the International Humanistic Management Association for a conversation with Anita McGahan (University of Toronto) about the immigration of vulnerable people and the imperative of management scholarship to reveal and address underlying issues and critical implications.

Date: Friday, November 22 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00pm (EST)
Location: Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received


This Necessary Conversation is sponsored by the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility in the Manning School of Business at UMass-Lowell.

Topic for this Conversation:  Immigration and Impassioned Management Scholarship

Businesses in a wide range of industries profit from the immigration of vulnerable people who are crossing international boundaries to escape war, famine, poverty, and persecution. The field of management faces a moral, humanitarian, and social imperative to deal comprehensively with the implications of this fact.

Anita McGahan


About Anita McGahan:

Anita M. McGahan is University Professor and George E. Connell Chair in Organizations and Society at the University of Toronto. Her primary appointments are at the Rotman School of Management and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She is cross appointed to the Medical School and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; is Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Universityis the Chief Economist in the Division of Global Health Innovation at the Massachusetts General Hospital; and is a past President of the Academy of Management. From 2014 to 2019, she was a faculty member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance. During her 2010-2015 appointment athe Director of Toronto’s PhD Program and as the Associate Dean of Researchthe School’s PhD and research rankings internationally increased from #11 to #4 and #17 to #3, respectively.

McGahan earned both her PhD and AM at Harvard University in two yearsShe 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 KappaShe 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 UniversityShe has visited the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the London Business Schoolthe Australian Graduate School of Managementthe University of Cambridge, and the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health at Harvard Medical School. 

McGahan’s credits include four books and over 150 articlescase studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and global healthHer 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 how firms overcome industry disruption to achieve breakthrough performance. 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 developmentIn 2010, she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s Irwin Distinguished Educator Award. In 2012, the Academy conferred on McGahan its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of Business SchoolsIn 2018, McGahan was awarded both the Inaugural Educational Impact Award and the Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize from the Strategic Management SocietyIn 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, and in 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management. 

McGahan currently teaches several courses at the University of Toronto:  the Strategy core to MBA candidates at the Rotman School of Management; Entrepreneurship in the Physiology Department of the Medical School; and Grand Challenges, which is an interdisciplinary course offered to students in Engineering, Public Health, Medicine, Management, Global Affairs, and Law. McGahan is also faculty leader in the REACH program, which is an interdisciplinary program through which students from all over the University study and conduct field research on the challenging of reaching the world’s most vulnerable and distant populations with essential services, such as vaccines, birth registrations, bank accounts, and electricity.  In 2019-2020, she will join colleagues in exploring the engagement of University partners from around the world in REACH.  


This event is an Initiative of the United Nations PRME Working Group on Humanistic Management.