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The Error Management Initiative

Changing the world, by changing organizations.

Intercepting Organizational Failures by Academic Research & Advisory

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Purpose & Mission

Failures in organizations are on the rise as technology, globalization and societal changes make the world a more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous place – whatever the precautions.

Most failures can be traced to error, human and
organizational. Yet current approaches to errors are
inadequate. As they focus on error prevention and
learning from errors, they neglect a key step : managing errors as they occur.

In order to address this issue, the Error Management Initiative was created at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.


Our Philosophy

Our History

The Baillet Latour Chair on Error Management was established at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in the fall of 2014.

It was a novel and original undertaking ans is due in no small part to the initiative of so former CEOs and Board members – in particular under the inspiration and leadership of M. Pierre Drion – in collaboration with several colleagues and executives and former Dean Bruno Van Pottelberghe

It has brought together inter-disciplinary approaches and research methods from different fields, disciplines, and sectors in the global economy and society at large from across Europe, Asia, and the USA, producing academic articles, conferences, case studies, theses, teaching modules, as well as applied research, consulting and general management insights. 

The Chair’s research carried out so far has shown the relevance and the need for executive to play an active role in managing errors, as errors can challenge organizations’ reputations, strategies and even survival. Not only can executive error management avert full-blown corporate, organizational, or societal crises and disasters, it also helps uncover the strategic innovation and value creation from inevitable organizational errors. 

Our Goals

Reducing Errors

Dramatically reducing the consequences attached to errors in organizations — loss of human lives, damaged wellbeing, financial aspect.

Creating Knowledge

Providing the knowledge to succeed in strategies by effectively managing organizational errors with academically-backed resources


Providing this knowledge to businesses, but also the governments, public agencies, organizations, and NGOs.

Resources & Teaching Cases

Consider us as a resource for management higher and executive education.
Our offering on Strategic Error Management includes :

Teaching Cases

Available through The Case Centre clearing house, including teaching notes as Volkswagen case, Fortis case and more

Customised Modules

We provide a Strategic Error Management teaching program and a customized modules and interventions for schools, companies and non-profits

Student Cases

See how our students have been doing and find out more on Error Management education in this section

The Core Team

Dr. Paul Verdin

Irene Ingardi

Marie Godts

Thibaut Wégria

Building A Global Research Network

Click on the following pins to discover our research network.



Do you want to be an actor of the change ?

Whether you are student, a doctoral student or a renowned professor in management or other areas, join our effort in explaining errors in organizations and how to intercept the disasters they may carry. 

The Error Management Initiative is looking for talents.

The Error Management
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