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Blame Games: Scapegoats, Turncoats and Sacrificial Lambs

July 11, 2012 by


In his speech at the Tipping Points Annual Event on 3rd July 2012 Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School talks about the many different ways in which blame is apportioned in the aftermath of catastrophic tipping point events such as the Global Financial Crisis. The research builds on the rich literature on theories […]

The Dubious Market for Shady Business Techniques

July 9, 2012 by


In his keynote speech at the Tipping Points conference, on 2-3 July 2012, Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School discussed what he refers to as ‘the dubious market for shady business techniques’.  The talk was largely a critique of the process by which different ideas that purport to ‘revolutionise’ business practice have replaced […]

British Bank Stability and Financial Crisis since 1945

July 9, 2012 by


In a lively and energetic talk, Professor Ranald Michie provided those in attendance at the Tipping Points Conference with a fresh insight into the financial turmoil that has recently engulfed the British banking sector. Looking first at some of the most prominent explanations that have been put forward by the press and politicians, Professor Michie […]

Political Tipping Points, Part 1: ‘Social exclusion’

July 6, 2012 by


‘In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.  Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which […]

How surnames spread in the UK

July 5, 2012 by


Intuitively you might expect that in the modern mobile society of the UK your surname would tell you very little about where you hail from.  Not so it would seem.  At the Tipping Points conference Dr James Cheshire from UCL presented a fascinating paper on the spatial distribution of surnames. The fashion for inheritable surnames […]

A tipping point in the haystack

July 3, 2012 by


Wide range of talks yesterday about business, financial products, banking, complexity theory, social trends and mathematical modelling and of course many other topics.  Certainly can’t cover all of the sessions I’ve seen in one post, but it’s fair to say that the tipping point metaphor is capable of drawing a broad interest into how trends […]

Blogging Tipping Points Conference 2012

We are excited to announce that the annual Tipping Points conference taking place at the Durham Business School will be featured on this blog.  Researchers from the project will be blogging about sessions from the conference on a variety of topics from business management techniques to the diffusion of buzz words as well as bank […]


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