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Simon Levin

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in EEB; Director, Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Simon Levin

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in EEB; Director, Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University

Simon A. Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and the Director of the Center for BioComplexity in the Princeton Environmental Institute. His research examines the structure and functioning of ecosystems, the dynamics of disease, and the coupling of ecological and socioeconomic systems. Levin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, and the Istituto Lombardo (Milan). He has over 500 publications and is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and the Princeton Guide to Ecology. Levin’s awards include: the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, Margalef Prize for Ecology, the Ecological Society of America’s MacArthur and Eminent Ecologist Awards, the Luca Pacioli Prize (Ca’Foscari University of Venice), the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the National Medal of Science.

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BCG Henderson Institute | December 15, 2022

Understanding and Harnessing the Value of Diversity

Key takeaways from our annual Meeting of Minds reveal the conditions under which diversity can create or destroy value.

BCG Henderson Institute | September 23, 2022

Aging Gracefully: Avoiding Corporate Decline by Embracing Lessons From Human Biology

Unlike humans, companies have no natural lifespans. Even so, they are subject to an unrelenting process of decline - accumulating excessive bureaucracy and becoming increasingly ineffective at adapting to their environments as they age.

BCG Henderson Institute | January 20, 2022

What Did We Learn from the COVID Crisis?

Every year, we convene the Meeting of Minds, a multidisciplinary gathering of leaders in business and science to explore major issues in society and business. In our recent gathering, we focused on what we could learn from the COVID-19 crisis that might enable us to cope with future social disruptions. Read the key takeaways from the discussion.

BCG Henderson Institute | January 14, 2022

Building a Mutually Reinforcing System of Organizational and Personal Resilience

Organizational resilience and personal resilience are rarely considered together, yet building a system that facilitates mutually-reinforcing resilience between organizations and employees opens new possibilities on both levels. We explore the relationship between the two forms of resilience.

BCG Henderson Institute | November 19, 2021

Strategies of Change

Instead of defaulting to the standard change management methods, leaders should adopt strategies of change that respond appropriately to the specific characteristics of their change context.

BCG Henderson Institute | December 19, 2020

Resilience vs. Efficiency: Calibrating the Tradeoff

Making tradeoffs between resilience and efficiency is challenging, as traditional optimization approaches are not well-suited for the task. By adopting alternative principles and strategies, leaders can make more effective tradeoffs between resilience and efficiency.