Mazi Raz

Professor
Expertise: General Management

Mazi Raz

Mazi is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy area group. He is a founding member of Ivey's EDI Advisory Council and a research fellow in Innovation North Learning Lab. Mazi earned a Ph.D. and MBA from Ivey, with research and teaching interests in the relationship between ideological trends and management thinkways, human imagination and managerial practices. His operating motto is: "human knowledge must be matched by a fearless trust in the unknowable."

Mazi teaches Strategy, Systems Thinking, and Power & Politics courses in Ivey's MBA, MSc. and Executive Development programs. His current research project explores 'deep skilling' pedagogies for leaders, combining complexity orientation, foresight, and systems change. Mazi has held senior roles with The Ivey Academy, Sauder Executive Education at UBC, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, and Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Mazi has deep learning and development expertise and extensive experience in leadership development. Since 2014, he has designed and delivered numerous executive education programs focusing on inclusive leadership, power and politics, systems innovation, and strategic thinking. He has designed and taught programs for various organizations, including 3M, Alberta Health Systems, London Health Science Centre, BC Automobile Association, Environment Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Marriott International, CIBC and CPA Ontario.

Mazi is ethnically Persian. Having emigrated in 1990, he has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Before becoming an academic, Mazi was a senior manager with several large corporations in several industries, including aviation, media, and finance.

Programs

Strategic Thinking & Decision Making

Make decisions to position for success.

Learn to evaluate position and evidence in order to plan strategic action, overcome decision traps, and increase your decision readiness and confidence.

Starts April 17, 2023

Online Learning

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Predicting Success

Product development and performance in volatile markets.

Learn how to evaluate new product ideas, use AI and big data to develop customer insights, and predict launch trajectory within unconventional markets.

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IIAC Investment Professional Leadership Program

Elevate your investment practice to the next level and build for future success

Developed in collaboration with the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC), this program is designed to help participants master the key skills for managing a professional and contemporary investment advisory business.

Starts April 16, 2023

London, Ontario, Canada

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice

Learn to lead equity, inclusion, and belonging at work.

Building supportive and sustainable relationships through reciprocity, respect, consent, trust, and accountability.

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Articles

March 8th, 2022

Podcast: Balancing the System — Designing for Work-Life Alignment

Listen to a podcast episode on the drivers behind work-life imbalance and the ways individuals and organizations can work to create a healthier equilibrium between employees personal and professional lives.

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November 18th, 2022

Podcast: Corporate Strategies for Net-Zero — The Strategic Dimensions of Ambitious Climate Leadership

In this podcast episode produced in collaboration with the Centre for Building Sustainable Value, we discuss how corporations currently are developing and practically implementing strategies for ambitious climate targets, and what that means for the future of the net-zero agenda in Canadian Business.

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May 14th, 2021

Innovating together: Connecting as a global organization

In this episode originally recorded for Global Ivey Day 2021, our panel examines the phenomenon of 'being global,' and what it really means for Canadian innovation to scale up on the global market.

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September 23rd, 2021

Podcast: Debunking Generational Myths at Work

Listen to a podcast episode on age inclusivity in the workplace hosted by Ivey Professor Mazi Raz.

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July 30th, 2021

Why Cybersecurity Matters To All Leaders – Including You

Listen to a podcast episode on the importance of cybersecurity and how leaders can integrate cybersecurity measures into organizational culture hosted by Ivey Professor Mazi Raz.

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November 5th, 2021

Podcast: Neurodiversity in the workplace — Building towards inclusion

In this podcast episode, our panelists examine pioneering workplace programs, the competitive advantage of inclusion, and changing ideals of leadership through a more inclusive lens.

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November 19th, 2021

Podcast: The Ivey Net-Zero Series — Your organization's net-zero future is closer than you think

Listen to a podcast episode on the strategic implications of a net-zero agenda on Canadian businesses.

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December 9th, 2021

Podcast: The frontiers of purpose — Reimagining your organization’s role in society

Listen to a podcast episode on how organizations can define their purpose to help drive innovation and create positive societal change.

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October 22nd, 2020

An organizational response to well-being

Our panel of Karen Collins, Chief Talent Officer, BMO; Andrew Soren, Founder & CEO, Eudaimonic by Design; and Dr. Mazi Raz, Director, Learning Design & Strategy, The Ivey Academy, examined how leaders can advance well-being as both a strategy and long-term sustainable goal for both their organization and society.

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