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Managing Silos: Making the Knowledge Economy Work

This is a major event in the Tomorrow's Works Series of events organised by The Strategic Management Forum in association with Steelcase. And we are delighted that this event is also part sponsored by Harvard Business Review. On this page you will be able to find out much more about the event, the issues, the speakers, the panelists, the sponsors, the supporters etc. You can also access a range of resources from books and articles to videos.

Gillian Tett

Gillian is US managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, the world's leading newspaper covering finance and business. In 2014 she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, and was previously names Journalist f the Year (2009), Business Journalist of the Year (2008) and Wincott Financial Journalist of the Year (2007). In 2011 she was awarded the Brisitsh Academy's President's Medal. Tett is the author of Saving the Sun, and Fool's Gold. She lives in New York City. 

Before begining a career in journalismGillian did a Phd in anthropology at Cambridge University, something she was "often wary about revealing", feeling it is not not the type of academic qualification likely to earn respect on Wall Street or in the City of London. But, she recalls that, "If there is one thing the Great Financial Crisis showed it is that finance and economics are not just about number. Culture matters too. The way people organise instititions, define social networks, and classify the world has a cricial impact on how government, business, and economy funtion(o sometimes do not funtion, as in 2008. She adds, "The lens of anthropology is also useful if you want to make sense of silos. After all, silos are cultural phenomena, which arise out of the systems we use to classify and organise the world.

Roger Martin

Roger is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants.

He has published 10 books the most recent of which are Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 24 Harvard Business Review articles.

In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2005, Business Week also named him one of seven global 'Innovation Gurus.'

Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO and Verizon.

A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

Heidi Gardner

Heidi has a PhD and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.  She also serves as a Lecturer on Law and the Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program executive course.  She was previously on the faculty at Harvard Business School.  Gardner has also been awarded an International Research Fellowship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and her book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos will be published by Harvard Business Press in January 2017.  Her research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Paper with Implications for Management. She has authored or co-authored more than fifty book chapters, case studies, and articles in scholarly and practitioner journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Harvard Business Review.  Her first book, Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success was co-edited with Rebecca Normand-Hochman and published in 2015. 

Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble, and as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a masters degree from the London School of Economics (with honors), and a second masters and doctorate in organizational behavior from London Business School.

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Design of Business

Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

Roger Martin, Harvard Business Review Press (2009)

$30 Harvard Busienss Review Press (Free with your event ticket)

Smart Collaboration

How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos

Heidi Gardner, Harvard Business Review Press (2017)

$32 Harvard Business Review Press (free with your event ticket) 

The Silo Effect

Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea

Gillian Tett, Little, Brown (2015)

£14.99, Little Brown (Free with your event ticket)


Heidi Presenting at Harvard Law School 



Gillian Presenting at Lonson School of Economics



Roger Martin Presenting at Parsons The New School for Design


Articles & Reports

Breaking Bad Barriers

A book review / interview of The Silo Effect by Paul Barnett for strategy+business magazine - access 

FT Book review: Smart Collaboration

A financial Times review of Smart Collaboration access