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Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It
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Christopher Clearfield Andras Tilcsik
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Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

Christopher Clearfield Andras Tilcsik


Atlantic Books

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Business & management


304 pages

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Catastrophic failure is all around us. From the disastrous Post Office software, which led to a multimillion-pound lawsuit, to the mix-up at the 2017 Oscars Awards ceremony, these errors are the unfortunate ramifications of our dizzyingly advancing world. But what causes such ruinous mistakes? And can we do anything about them?

In Meltdown, world-leading experts in disaster prevention, Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik, use real-life examples from around the world to reveal the errors in thinking, perception, and system design that lie behind both our everyday errors and disasters like the Fukushima nuclear accident. But most crucially, Meltdown is about finding solutions. 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 and empowering book - one that will change the way you see our complex world and your own place in it.

By:   Christopher Clearfield, Andras Tilcsik
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   2.800kg
ISBN:   9781786492241
ISBN 10:   1786492245
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Clearfield is a principal at System Logic, a research and consulting firm that helps organizations manage the risk of catastrophic failure. Andras Tilcsik is an assistant professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto, where he developed and teaches the award-winning MBA course Catastrophic Failure in Organizations. Their collaboration began with a consulting project to identify the hidden risks affecting the New York metropolitan area. Meltdown is their first book.

Endlessly fascinating, brimming with insight, and more fun than a book about failure has any right to be, Meltdown will transform how you think about the systems that govern our lives. This is a wonderful book. * Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better * Not for the faint of hearted. In crisp, compelling prose, the authors explain why failures occur so often in today's unfathomably complex systems. Their insights and takeaways offer crucial guidance for avoiding your own disasters. * Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive * As technology advances, it brings an explosion of complexity and interdependence that can threaten our most critical systems and organizations in unforeseen ways. Meltdown is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand these dangers and what can be done to address them. * Martin Ford, bestselling author of Rise of the Robots * Too often, we blame failures on bad apples when the real culprits are bad barrels. This engaging, evidence-based book sheds light on why blunders and bankruptcies happen-and how you can get better at designing systems to prevent them. * Adam Grant, author of Originals and co-author of Option B *

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