Sandford Borins

Portrait of Sandford Borins in a blue suit and tie
Professor Emeritus
Telephone number
(416) 287-7362
Building IC 276


Sandford Borins is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he served as its founding Chair from 1991 to 2003. He held graduate appointments at the Strategic Management area at the Rotman School of Management, the School of Public Policy and Governance, and the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

His research focuses on narrative and innovation. His books include “Negotiating Business Narratives” (2018), "The Persistence of Innovation in Government" (2014), "Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives" (2011) and "Innovating with Integrity" (1998). He is currently working on a sequel to Governing Fables dealing with narratives about politics in Canada, the US, and the UK.

Professional Experience:

President, Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, 2003-07

Scholar in Residence, Cabinet Office, Government of Ontario, 2003-04

Chair, Department of Management, U of T Scarborough, 1991-2003

Visiting Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 1999

Director, Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation, 1995-98

Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1993-94


PhD, Harvard University

MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

BA, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Narratives About Management
  • Public Sector Innovation

Awards & Grants


Pierre Decelles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration, given by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada

2021 The Sandford Borins Digital Communications Fund is established to honour Prof. Borins's service as a faculty member of UTSC Management from 1990 to 2020 and as the Department's founding chair
2003 to present   Fellow; Royal Society for the Arts (UK)
1986-Present   Listed in Canadian Who's Who
1990   Social Science Federation of Canada Certificate of Merit for The Language of the Skies; Judged one of the twenty best books written in English with the support of the Aid to Scholarly Publications programme
1971   Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
1971   Elected to Phi Beta Kappa