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Rotman Faculty Member Honoured as an Outstanding B-School Professor

April 14, 2016

Toronto, ON – For the third consecutive year, a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has been named as one of the Most Outstanding 40-Under-40 B-School Professors by the business education site Poets&Quants.

András Tilcsik is an assistant professor of strategic management at the Rotman School and a Fellow at the School’s Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship.

The annual feature from Poets&Quants recognizes young faculty members under the age of 40, who excel in research while also succeeding in the classroom.

Prof. Tilcsik’s research has been published in leading scholarly journals, cited in testimonies to committees of the U.S. Congress, and recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association. At the Rotman School, he has developed “Catastrophic Failure in Organizations,” an award-winning elective course, which he teaches to MBA and undergraduate Rotman Commerce students. A native of Hungary, he completed his Ph.D., A.M., and A.B. at Harvard University.

Prof. Tilcsik’s nomination was supported by testimonies by his former students from both the Rotman Commerce and MBA programs as well as faculty colleagues.

“Prof. Tilcsik is the real deal: he’s a top-notch teacher while at the same time achieving an off-the-charts scholarly publication record,” said Sarah Kaplan, a professor of strategic management at the Rotman School.

In November, along with his co-author, Chris Clearfield, Prof. Tilcsik was named the winner the  Bracken Bower Prize presented annually by the Financial Times and McKinsey for the best business book proposal by an author under the age of 35. The resulting book, Meltdown, an examination of the common factors that contribute to catastrophes across industries from finance to aviation to medicine, which offers solutions for businesses and individuals, will be published by Penguin Press.

Last month, a white paper by Prof. Tilcsik on the Rotman School’s existing work and future plans in addressing disaster risk reduction themes in the School’s MBA and undergrad curricula won a $10,000 prize from The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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