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After Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Hungarian Business Professor Wins Prestigious Award

Péter Cseresnyés 2019.11.20.

Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, has presented Hungarian-born business professor András Tilcsik the prestigious strategic thinkers award for his book, ‘Meltdown.’

Founded in 2001, Thinkers50 identifies, ranks, and shares the very best management ideas globally. It has been published every two years since and remains the premier ranking of its kind. Dubbed “the Oscars of Management Thinking” by the Financial Times, the previous winners of the award included Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Tilcsik received the prestigious Strategy Award, celebrating “the very best of strategic thinking” together with independent research and consulting firm System Logic founder Chris Clearfield, for their business book “Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It.


Tilcsik is an associate professor of strategic management and holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society at the Rotman School of Management. He is also a faculty fellow at the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship.

Published in 2018, the business book explores the increasing reliance on digital systems and explains how the increasing complexity causes failures. It also reveals how we can prevent these meltdowns through many widely known examples, such as several nuclear power plant accidents, Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, or the embarrassing incident when the top award was mistakenly presented to the wrong film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

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