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Globe Talks: A Conversation with Neil Swidey

Boston Globe Insiders

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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Neil Swidey

and Harvard Business School's Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management,

Amy Edmondson


A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. Today, it has the country’s cleanest urban harbor, and one that has powered the city’s renaissance. A feat of engineering – the longest tunnel of its kind in the world – made the harbor’s unlikely transformation possible. But it came at a deadly cost. In his acclaimed new book, TRAPPED UNDER THE SEA: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness, Globe writer Neil Swidey peels back the layers on how the modern world is built. But he also shows how disasters can be prevented through a deeper understanding how organizations really work, or fail to work. For this Globe Insiders event, Swidey will discuss these themes with leadership expert and Harvard Business School professor Amy C. Edmondson. What leads very smart people to make very bad decisions that hold enormous consequences for workers on the front lines? TRAPPED UNDER THE SEA,  which author Dennis Lehane calls “extraordinary” and compares to “The Perfect Storm,” has received starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyBooklist and Library JournalPW recently named by the book as one of its Top Ten science books. More info at


The event will be moderated by Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. Her research on teams and organizational learning has won numerous awards, and her book, Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012) explores effective teamwork in dynamic environments.  Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.  

 "TRAPPED UNDER THE SEA offers vital insights into how organizations work—or fail to work—and how very smart people can make very bad decisions. Neil Swidey’s riveting account of the Deer Island disaster should be essential reading for anyone in a position of leadership. I couldn’t put it down." -Amy Edmondson

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served following the talk.

The Boston Globe

135 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Boston

Monday, February 24 | 6:00pm


Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received and based on availability.

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The Boston Globe
135 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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