Posts detailing our approach to risk and complexity.


Rethinking the Unthinkable:

Managing the Risk of Catastrophic Failure in the Twenty-First Century

By Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik

An excerpt from the winning proposal for the 2015 Bracken Bower Prize, awarded to the best proposal for a business book about the challenges and opportunities of growth.
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Bracken Bower Winners:

Rethinking the Unthinkable

By System Logic Staff

System Logic Principals win prestigeous Bracken Bower prize.
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Chaos via Control:

Regulations, Enforcement Create Risk in the Complex and Rigid Markets

By Chris Clearfield

The Flash Crash should have been the impetus for serious reconsideration of the structure of our national ...
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A Hacker’s Market II:

Twitter’s Revenge

By Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik

In light of the accidental release of Twitter’s earnings, we have decided to ...
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Regulators:

Please Think Slow

By Steven Lofchie

Our friend Steven Lofchie, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and the Co-Chair of ...
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Courting Catastrophic Failure:

Will Managers Ever Learn?

By Chris Clearfield

From BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, to deadly component failures at Toyota and GM, to technological ...
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Failure and Punishment

By System Logic Staff

The latest installment of Energy Metro Desk features an article, titled “Failure and Punishment,” in which ...
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Preventing Crashes:

Lessons for the SEC from the Airline Industry

By Chris Clearfield, András Tilcsik, and Benjamin ...

A small error on August 1, 2012 nearly bankrupted the Knight Capital Group. Code from a discontinued ...
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Overcoming Organizational Challenges to Fight Ebola

By Chris Clearfield

When news broke that a Texas healthcare worker had become infected with Ebola, ...
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Risk, Biases, and Groupthink in US Banks and Beyond:

An Interview with John Almandoz (IESE Business School)

By System Logic Staff

John Almandoz is an assistant professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona, where he teaches courses on ...
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Finance Industry Grapples with Cyber Threats

By Chris Clearfield

Cyber attacks are increasingly thought of as a threat to modern society. Fears that attackers will use ...
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Managing the Criticality of Catastrophic Events

By Chris Clearfield

Managing the risks of complex systems, and increasing systemic robustness, is a challenging task. ...
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The (Minor) Effect of Sequestration on Air Traffic Control

By Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik

In May, System Logic wrote about the potential effects of the sequestration on air ...
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Why The FTC Can’t Regulate The Internet Of Things

By Chris Clearfield

The “Internet of Things” has become a favored buzzword of consultants and tech journalists. But beware, ...
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NASDAQ and the Facebook IPO:

The Decision

By Chris Clearfield and Steven Lofchie

In parts One and Two of my series on NASDAQ’s handling of the Facebook ...
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Rethinking Security for the Internet of Things

By Chris Clearfield

Cyber attacks, once primarily directed against networks to steal confidential information and wreak ...
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NASDAQ and the Facebook IPO:

Saving the IPO

By Chris Clearfield and Steven Lofchie

In Part One of my series on ...
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NASDAQ and the Facebook IPO:

The Race Condition

By Chris Clearfield and Steven Lofchie

On May 18th, 2012, the initial public market trade of Facebook, ...
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Dinosaurs and Risk Management

By Chris Clearfield

Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s classic movie about a wildlife preserve full of cloned dinosaurs, was ...
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The (Imaginary?) Effect of Sequestration on Air Traffic Control

By Chris Clearfield

Never has flying been more frustrating. Air traffic is normalizing after weeks of delays as Congress gives ...
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A Hacker’s Market

By Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik

Never in the history of written communication could 140 characters have the impact that they can have ...
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An Integrated Culture of Compliance

By Chris Clearfield

Steven Lofchie, the co-chair of Cadwalader’s financial services department, has a great ...
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The Rising Cost of Disaster

By Chris Clearfield

Mother Jones and the Atlantic have an interesting joint article on the rising cost ...
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Good Faith, but without Proper Care and Caution

By System Logic Staff

In February of 2012, a detachment of Italian marines providing anti-piracy protection ...
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