Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Do companies need Risk Management?

Risk is inevitable within business environments. Taking and managing risk is part of what organisations must do to create profits and shareholder value.
However, a market study by DeveloperEye.com discovered that many organisations neither manage risk well nor fully understand the risks they are taking.
The study aims to discuss the level of knowledge about Risk Management amongst organisations, the management of IT risks, government encouragements towards Risk Management, and the advantages/disadvantages with Risk Management.

650 organisations (500+ employees) within Europe were interviewed in order to evaluate the level of knowledge and familiarity with the term; Risk Management. 64% of the respondents had a good knowledge of Risk Management and where able to give us the essence of what Risk Management is all about. Another 31% gave us a fair explanation, but most of them were financial orientated. The remaining 5% of the respondents were unable to give any explanation at all.

To fully understand Risk Management, two characteristics are essential: uncertainty and loss. Risk Management can be seen in relation the organisational response of companies to the challenge posed by dramatic changes of the economic and social impacts of natural hazards. Furthermore, Risk Management also involves evaluation of business strategy risks and the achievement of best practices.

The nature of Risk Management has changed throughout the recent years. Traditionally, management were concerned with risk categories like vendor, technology and project related risk. Nowadays, the impact of IT risks such as government regulations and outsourcing have forced organisations to rethink their risk strategies. Read on".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recent survey on reference data management and risk management found that market risk (64%), credit risk and operational risk (both 63%) are the most important risk types in the financial industry. The complete results are available for download at http://www.dmstudy.info/2005

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