The Silo Effect: why putting everything in its place isn't such a bright idea

Hosted by the Department of Management

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Gillian Tett

As global organisations become increasingly sophisticated and complex, they also become interlinked but subdivided to increase productivity. Added to this, the human element of competitiveness and protectiveness enhances the conditions for silos to take shape. Drawing on her background in anthropology, award-winning journalist and author Gillian Tett demonstrates how this silo effect can interrupt innovation and even cause disasters and sheds light on how these silos might be overcome. 

Gillian Tett (@gilliantett) is the US managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times. In 2014 she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, and was previously named Journalist of the Year (2009), Business Journalist of the Year (2008) and Wincott Financial Journalist of the Year (2007). In 2011 she was awarded the British Academy’s President’s Medal. Tett is the author of Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold and most recently The Silo Effect: Why putting everything in its place isn't such a bright idea.

The Department of Management (@LSEManagement) is a globally diverse academic community at the heart of the LSE, taking a unique interdisciplinary, academically in-depth approach to the study of management and organisations. 

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