The Self-Development Lab


The Rotman School of Management’s Self Development Laboratory (SDL) is a fabric of intensive feedback-based learning activities aimed at developing and nurturing in all students the communicative, interactive and interpersonal skills essential to the high-value added collaborative problem solver and decision maker in contemporary organizations. It is unique on the landscape of business education in that it offers each participant the opportunity to develop his or her communicative (presentation, public dialogue) and interactional (dialogical, conflict resolution, argumentation) skills in a small form factor environment (four students to one instructor) that is matched to the student’s work in the core program (in class presentations, case analysis presentations, communicative and interactional difficulties that students encounter in their own working groups) and is therefore both immediately ‘relevant’ and imminently ‘useful’ to each individual taking part in it.

Executive Summary


Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6