Corporate risk management by Tony Merna; Faisal F Al-Thani

By Tony Merna; Faisal F Al-Thani

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The inputs to the model are provided by humans, but the brain is given a system on which to operate (Flanagan and Norman 1993). 2 Typical risk parameters (Adapted from Allen 1995) Models provide a backup for our unreliable intuition. A model can be thought of as having two roles: 1. It produces an answer. 2. It acts as a vehicle for communication, bringing out factors that might not be otherwise considered. Models provide a mechanism by which risks can be communicated through the system. A risk management system is a model, it provides a means for identification, classification and analysis and then a response to risk.

Before and shortly after this advent both risk and uncertainty were treated as a necessary evil that should be avoided (Archibald and Lichtenberg 1992). Project risk management developed rapidly throughout the 1970s, firstly in relation to quantitative assessment and then to methodologies and processes. At the end of the decade project management academics and professionals saw the need for a project management function devoted to risk analysis and management, and several authors published papers on the subject.

9 STAKEHOLDERS IN AN INVESTMENT All investments have stakeholders, whether internal or external to an investment. It is important that all stakeholders are aware of the potential risks that could occur over an investment’s life. Shareholders, for example, who provide funds in the form of equity should be made aware of the risks a corporation is taking on their behalf. Although shareholders assume risk by ‘default’ they either retain or sell their shares. However, should a corporate entity make a decision regarding a particular investment, unknown to shareholders, this could result in a dramatic fall in the value of their shares.

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