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Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
105 St George St, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
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Chris Clearfield, Principal, System Logic LLC; Co-Author; and
András Tilcsik, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Fellow of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship; Co-Author
TOPIC: «Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It» (Allen Lane/Penguin Press, Mar. 20, 2018)
COST: $34.95 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of Meltdown, 1 seat for the book talk and the reception)
SESSION HOST: Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at Rotman
BOOK SYNOPSIS: A mysterious subway crash. An accidental overdose in a state-of-the-art hospital. An overcooked holiday meal. At first glance, these disasters seem to have little in common. But surprising new research shows that all these events—and the myriad failures that dominate headlines every day—share similar causes. By understanding what lies behind these failures, we can design better systems, make our teams more productive, and transform how we make decisions at work and at home. Weaving together cutting-edge social science with riveting stories, Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik explain how the increasing complexity of our systems creates conditions ripe for failure and why our brains and teams can’t keep up. They highlight the paradox of progress: though modern systems have given us new capabilities, they’ve become vulnerable to surprising meltdowns—and even to corruption and misconduct. But Meltdown isn’t just about failure; it’s about solutions—whether you’re managing a team or the chaos of your family’s morning routine. It reveals why ugly designs make us safer, how a five-minute exercise can prevent billion-dollar catastrophes, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. The result is an eye-opening, empowering, and entirely original book—one that will change the way you see our complex world and your own place in it.
Chris Clearfield is the founder of System Logic, a consulting firm focused on risk and decision making, and former derivatives trader who worked in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He is a licensed commercial pilot and a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied physics and biology. Chris has written about complexity and failure for The Guardian, Forbes, and the Harvard Kennedy School Review. He lives in Seattle.
András Tilcsik holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has been recognized as one of the world’s top forty business professors under forty and as one of thirty management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations. The United Nations named his course on organizational failure as the best course on disaster risk management in a business school. He lives in Toronto.
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