business strategy | March 12, 2018

Real Solutions To Modern Meltdowns: Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik’s New Book is Out Now

“To be alive in the 21st century is to rely on countless complex systems that profoundly affect our lives—from the electrical grid and water treatment plants to transportation systems and communication networks to healthcare and the law. But sometimes these systems fail.” András Tilcsik and Chris Clearfield’s much anticipated book, Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, is out now!

“It turns out that everyday meltdowns—failed projects, bad hiring decisions, and even disastrous dinner parties—have a lot in common with oil spills and mountaineering accidents. Meaning that dentists can learn from pilots; marketing teams from SWAT teams,” say Tilcsik and Clearfield. Meltdowns all share the same DNA.


It makes sense then, that Tilcsik and Clearfield come at the subject from two different paths: Clearfield started his career as a derivatives trader, where he managed risks that arise when people try to use extremely fast computers to make money. When the 2007-2008 financial crisis hit, he founded System Logic, a research firm that helps organizations manage risk and avoid catastrophic failure. Tilcsik is one of the world’s Top 40 Professors Under 40, and one of thirty management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations. He’s an associate professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Rotman School of Management. 

Chris Clearfield: Can Creativity Prevent Catastrophe?

Chris Clearfield at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.


Risk Management Speaker András Tilcsik: Less Room for Error Means More Room for a Meltdown

Andras Tilcsik at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.


To book Tilcsik and Clearfield, or another speaker on the subject of risk management, check out our business strategy keynote speakers.   

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