University of Michigan

Breaking Schemas

The only constant in life is change. In some instances, this change is evolutionary, with incremental, almost undetectable, steps. But oftentimes, change is revolutionary, causing disruption of the status quo. On Breaking Schemas, you'll hear from folks who have caused that kind of disruption — change-makers, category-challengers, and idea-generators who have not only navigated change but, in many ways, have rewritten the rules of the game.

Join hosts Marcus Collins and John Branch, professors at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as they chat with business leaders across a wide-spectrum of industries about the decisions they made along their career that catapulted them to the status of “disruptor."


Marcus Collins

Professor of Marketing

Dr. Marcus Collins is an award-winning marketer and cultural translator. He is the former chief strategy officer at Wieden+Kennedy, New York, a marketing professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and the author of the best-selling book, For The Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want To Be. Marcus is an inductee into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and a recipient of the Thinkers50 Radar Distinguished Achievement Award for the idea most likely to shape the future of business management. His strategies and creative contributions have led to the launch and success of Google’s “Real Tone” technology, the “Made In America” music festival, and the Brooklyn Nets, among others. Before his advertising tenure, Marcus worked on iTunes + Nike sport music initiatives at Apple and ran digital strategy for Beyoncé. He writes a column for Forbes CMO Network and contributes to business scholarship.

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John Branch

Professor of Business Administration

John D Branch currently teaches a variety of marketing and international business courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels at the Stephen M Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (USA), and serves as Co-Director of the Yaffe Digital Media Initiative. Previously, he was Academic Director of the School’s weekend and evening MBA programmes; earlier, he was also Director of Educational Outreach at the University’s William Davidson Institute. John also holds an appointment at the University’s Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, and maintains a Research Fellowship at the William Davidson Institute.

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