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Faculty from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Honoured by Thinkers50.

November 19, 2019

Toronto – A professor from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management received a distinguished achievement award and a former Dean of the school was named to the 2019 ranking of global business thinkers by Thinkers50 last night in London.

Prof. András Tilcsik, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society at the Rotman School, and his colleague Chris Clearfield, the founder of System Logic, a boutique research and consulting firm, were the winners of the Strategy Award. Thinkers50 noted that Clearfield and Tilcsik's recent book Meltdown is one of the stand-out business books of the last decade.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, was published by Penguin Random House. In the book, the authors present an innovative and engaging account of how seemingly unconnected disasters in the nuclear, medical and transportation sectors (to name a few) share common causes. Applying leading-edge social sciences research with riveting real life stories, they explain how the increasing complexity of our systems create conditions ripe for failure and how our brains can't keep up. They also provide numerous solutions for leaders and teams on how to deal with increasing complexity in today's fast-paced world including addressing and acting on small mistakes to prevent 'meltdowns'.

For the fifth consecutive time, Professor Emeritus Roger Martin was named among the 50 most influential business thinkers placing second on this year’s ranking. Martin served as Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2013 and is a trusted strategy adviser to CEOs worldwide and the author of eleven books, including Thinkers50 award winners Playing to Win (with AG Lafley) and Getting Beyond Better (with Sally Osberg).

Founded in 2001, Thinkers50 identifies, ranks, and shares the very best management ideas globally. Every two years, the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize individual achievement across a range of management categories, and the definitive global ranking of the 50 most influential business thinkers is published. Previous top-ranked thinkers include Roger Martin, Clayton Christensen, CK Prahalad, Michael Porter, and Peter Drucker. In 2019, more than 5,000 people participated in the evaluation process, submitting nominations for both the ranking and the Distinguished Achievement Awards.

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