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John Roberts

Honorary Doctorate


John Roberts

Dr. John Roberts is an internationally acclaimed professor of economics and business at Stanford University, a respected researcher, author and expert on the application of economic and strategic analysis to management problems. His most recent book, The Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth, was named as the best business book of the year by The Economist.

Roberts, a 1967 United College BA graduate in Honours Economics, serves as Scully Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Director of Stanford’s Centre for Global Business and the Economy, and Faculty Director of the Stanford Global Management Program. He has authored, or co-authored, more than 70 published articles and books since his days as a celebrated student at United College.

During his university days, Roberts received 11 different scholarships and medals and participated extensively in extracurricular activities. Roberts’ connection to UWinnipeg has deep roots – he has numerous family members with ties to United and Wesley colleges and two relatives (a great uncle and a cousin) after whom Riddell Hall was named.

“We can proudly surmise that these ties to our founding institutions have helped Dr. Roberts along his path to academic success and many prestigious academic appointments,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg. “His contributions in the field of business and economics have been recognized on the world stage and we are proud to call him a member of our alumni family.”