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Why Our Systems Fail: András Tilcsik


Rotman School of Management
Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and SocietyAssociate Professor of Strategic Management

András 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.

His research focuses on organizations, occupations, and work, and he is particularly interested in the causes and consequences of inequality in labor markets and the workplace. This line of his research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and the Administrative Science Quarterly and has been recognized with several awards from the American Sociological Association, including the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the Granovetter Award for Best Article in Economic Sociology.

At Rotman, András teaches a popular MBA elective on organizational failure. His book Meltdown (New York: Penguin Press, 2018), coauthored with Chris Clearfield, is based on this course and explores the enduring insights of organizational sociologist Charles Perrow. Meltdown received the National Business Book Award, the Academy of Management's George R. Terry Book Award, and the Bracken Bower Prize, and was named one of the books of the year by the Financial Times.

Academic Positions

2017-  Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society; Rotman School of Management

2017-  Associate Professor of Strategic Management; Rotman School of Management

2012-2016  Assistant Professor of Strategic Management; Rotman School of Management

2015-  Fellow; Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship

Honors and Awards

2017 and 2015  W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship; American Sociological Association (OOW Section)

2017  Distinguished Article Award; American Sociological Association (S&G Section)

2017  Saroj Parasuraman Award; Academy of Management

2017  Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers in the world most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led

2016  Change Agents: Canada''s Next Generation of Business Leaders; Canadian Business

2016  40 Under 40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors; Poets & Quants

2016  Best Course on Disaster Risk Management in a Business School; The United Nations - UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

2015  Bracken Bower Prize; Financial Times / McKinsey and Company

2015  Granovetter Prize for Best Article; American Sociological Association (Economic Sociology Section)

2015, 2016, 2017  Rotman School of Management Teaching Award

2015  Rotman Graduate Business Council Faculty Teaching Award

2014  Excellence in Teaching Award; Rotman School of Management

2011  James D. Thompson Award; American Sociological Association (Organizations, Occupations & Work Section)

2009  Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching; Harvard University

2008  Aage B. Sorensen Memorial Award; Harvard University

Selected Publications - Papers

Scaling Down Inequality: Rating Scales, Gender Bias, and the Architecture of Evaluation Rivera, L. and A. Tilcsik American Sociological Review 2019

Which Entrepreneurs are Coachable, and Why? Kevin A. Bryan, Andras Tilcsik, and Brooklynn Zhu American Economic Review (P & P) 2017

Class Advantage, Commitment Penalty: The Gendered Effect of Social Class Signals in an Elite Labor Market Rivera, L. and A. Tilcsik American Sociological Review 2016

Institutional Equivalence: How Industry and Community Peers Influence Corporate Philanthropy. Marquis, C. and A. Tilcsik Organization Science 2016

When Experts Become Liabilities: Domain Experts on Boards and Organizational Failure Almandoz, Juan, and András Tilcsik Academy of Management Journal 2016

Whitened Résumés: Race and Self-Presentation in the Labor Market Kang, S., K. Decelles, A. Tilcsik, and S. Jun Administrative Science Quarterly 2016

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MELTDOWN: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It; Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik; New York: Penguin Press (forthcoming); 2018

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