Sarah Kaplan is Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School. She is author of the New York Times business bestseller, Creative Destruction, challenging the notion of sustainable competitive advantage and the myth of excellence, and the recently released Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. The research shows that long-established companies, instead of maintaining excellence, almost always under-perform the market over time. Ironically, the very culture and meticulously maintained systems that fuel the good times cause companies to stall out. Her work has focused on generating insights that can help companies avoid this cultural lock-in and innovate at the pace and scale of the market.
Her current research continues this exploration of how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies. Her studies examine the biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her interest in gender lens investing is in understanding how whole new ecosystems can be built. She recently authored “Gender Equality as an Innovation Challenge” in the Rotman Magazine (2017), “The Risky Rhetoric of Female Risk Aversion” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2016), “Meritocracy: From Myth to Reality” in the Rotman Magazine (2015), “The Rise of Gender Capitalism,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2014).
Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York, she completed her doctoral research at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Her personal website is here.
Director, Institute for Gender + the Economy; University of Toronto, Rotman School
University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy; University of Toronto, Rotman School
Professor of Strategic Management; University of Toronto, Rotman School
Associate Professor of Strategic Management; University of Toronto, Rotman School
Visiting Scholar; MIT Sloan School
Senior Fellow; Wharton School, Mack Institute for Innovation Management
Assistant Professor of Management; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Management Consultant; McKinsey & Company
Management Consultant; Theodore Barry & Associates
Publications in Gender + The Economy
The Challenge of Gender Diversity, Sarah Kaplan, in Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business; Joshua Gans and Sarah Kaplan, eds.; 2017
Gender Equality as an Innovation Challenge, Sarah Kaplan, Rotman Magazine, Fall 2017
The Risky Rhetoric of Female Risk Aversion; Sarah Kaplan and Natassia Walley; Stanford Social Innovation Review; 2016
Meritocracy: From Myth to Reality; Sarah Kaplan; Rotman Magazine, Spring; 2015
The Rise of Gender Capitalism; Sarah Kaplan and Jackie VanderBrug; Stanford Social Innovation Review; 2014
Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business; Joshua Gans and Sarah Kaplan, eds.; 2017
Creative Destruction; Richard Foster and Sarah Kaplan; Currency/Doubleday; 2001
Academic / Professional Service in Gender + The Economy
Advisory Committee, Person-Centred Care Initiative; University of Toronto School of Medicine
Equity and Diversity in Research and Innovation (EDRI) Working Group; University of Toronto
PhD in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management
MA in International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins SAIS
BA in Political Science, UCLA