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Enterprise Risk Management Basics Articles

  • Collaborative Risk Management Fundamentals

    Over the last decade, a number of organizations have embraced the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM) as a way to strengthen their oversight of the most significant risks to...

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  • Preparing for a Black Swan Event

    Black Swan events are traditionally thought to be rare, random, and high-impact events, but recent history suggests that Black Swan events are happening more frequently while maintaining their unpredictability and...

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  • GRC Solutions in Today’s Business

    Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) solutions are designed to assist organizations in overseeing and automating their processes by reducing redundant activities, producing more reliable data, and increasing the automation of...

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  • ERP Implementation Risk: Managing Sources of Project Delays and Other Risk

    Over the past two decades, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have allowed managers to utilize software to integrate information about projects across the enterprise. These systems are designed to integrate...

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  • Five Basics to Managing Innovation Risk

    As organizations seek growth through value creation, they often invest in research and development to generate innovations that can propel significant changes and new demand in the marketplace. In the...

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  • Demystifying Risk Appetite

    The enterprise risk management (ERM) community is certainly aware of the idea of “risk appetite;” however, despite the attention that risk appetite receives from ERM practitioners, it remains an elusive...

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  • Q & A: Controlling Spreadsheet Risk

    Spreadsheets are widely used in today’s business environment, and rightly so – they provide users with a powerful, flexible solution for getting things done. However, there is a difficult truth...

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  • Making the Connection Between Strategy-setting and Risk

    Organizations invest a great deal of effort in developing and executing their business strategies. Even so, winning business models are all-too-often subject to catastrophic failures in the blink of an...

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  • SunGard Survey: How Are Companies Managing Financial Risk?

    This white paper presents the results of a recent study conducted by SunGard, a global provider of technology-related services and solutions. The purpose of the study was to gain an...

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  • S&P’s Management and Governance Rating Criteria - 2012

    NEW YORK (Standard & Poor's) Nov. 13, 2012--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today published its criteria for evaluating enterprises' management and governance credit factors in an article titled "Methodology: Management And Governance Credit...

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  • Internal Audit’s Role in Risk Management

    Michael Somich, Executive Director of Internal Audit at Duke University, discusses with Dr. Mark Beasley his views about the role internal audit should play within an organization’s ERM process. ...

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  • The Future of ERM

    Steve Dreyer, Managing Director and Practice Leader at Standard & Poors, speaks to whether he thinks Enterprise Risk Management is just another consultant’s fad or if it will be an...

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  • Chief Risk Officer vs. Risk Committees

    A major stumbling block companies run into when beginning their ERM journey is whether to have one risk champion (CRO) or have a committee that handles risk oversight. Paul Zavolta,...

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  • Engaging Business Unit Leaders in Discussing Enterprise Risks

    Paul Zavolta, Director of ERM at Alpha Natural Resources, provides an overview of how ERM is treated at Alpha Natural Resources. He speaks of how he feels the company’s...

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  • Role of Senior Executives in Leading Risk Oversight

    Michael Somich, Executive Director of Internal Audit at Duke University, discusses how having the President of Duke University "walk the walk and talk the talk" regarding ERM is essential element...

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  • Education of ERM Concepts at the Collegiate and Corporate Levels

    Laurie Brooks, retired Chief Risk Officer at Public Services Enterprises Group and current board of director at Provident Financial Services, shares her views about the long-term viability of ERM and...

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  • Getting Started with ERM

    Often times executives brush off any ERM initiative by stating they have smart people on the board or on management teams. David Hughes, Assistant VP of ERM and Business Continuity...

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  • Applying “Big Data” to Risk Management

    “Big data” is quickly building a following as a useful tool for helping managers make decisions. But what exactly is big data, and is its use actually beneficial to a...

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  • Four Steps to Better Statistical Performance Measures

    Managers hinder their performance insight by focusing on sexy performance metrics that may be persistent but not predictive, and vice versa. These popular key performance indicators (e.g., EPS growth)...

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  • Managing Risks of the Mobile Enterprise

    Mobile devices are becoming more and more integral in the workplace today, as they are used for field work, file-sharing, and business processes. With the widespread use of mobiles, and...

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