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Risk Management Strategies Articles

  • ERM Talent Development and Recruiting

    Bruce Branson, Associate Director of the ERM Initiative at NC State University, interviews Christol Bordovsky, Enterprise Risk and Advisory Services Manager at Tesoro Corporation. Christol talks about her unique path…

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  • Overcoming Common ERM Pitfalls

    Don Pagach, Director of Research for the ERM Initiative at NC State University, interviews Nick Lemen, recently promoted after serving as Senior Director of ERM at Eli Lily and Company, about…

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  • Forget the Gym: Resolve to Make Your ERM Program Stronger!

    This time of year we focus on those things we’d like to improve in the coming year, and personal fitness and diet goals are frequently at the top of the…

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  • Case Studies on Integration of ERM with Strategy

    NC State University's ERM Initiative is pleased to release a new thought paper, Integration of ERM with Strategy, that highlights three case study illustrations of how organizations have successfully integrated…

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  • A Risk Manager’s Role in Strategic Leadership

    A misalignment of risk priorities often exists between the risk manager and the executive decision makers. What can risk managers do to help them establish their significance and contribution to the organization? As in almost any emerging field, risk management requires effective communication and robust contribution from all parties in order to extract the most value for the organization.

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  • Advancing ERM

    Earlier this month we held our fourth annual Advanced ERM Executive Education Workshop where we walked over 50 participants through an evaluation of their ERM processes and provided techniques for…

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  • Trends that are Shaping the Next Fifty Years

    The world has changed drastically over the past fifty years with advances in technology, and these advances will continue into the future. A recent article by McKinsey focuses on trends…

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  • Eliminating Reputation Threats

    While a number of corporate entities are embracing ERM, institutions of higher education are also enhancing their risk management processes by embracing ERM. With a number of institutions facing risk…

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  • Strengthening the Role of the Chief Risk Officer in an Organization

    The role of chief risk officer (CRO) has been put under a microscope to understand methods and key success factors that can enhance the role. Organizations now, more than ever…

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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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  • Managing the Risk of Disruptive Innovation

    Organizations often find themselves surprised by a competitor’s announcement of a new innovation. Such announcements can be hugely disruptive, and they hit the competitive environment in many forms, such as…

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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 top-down…

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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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  • 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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  • Minimizing Risks through Creative Strategy Setting

    Strategic planners often go through a rigorous process of extensive analysis of past performance and forecasts to come up with a robust strategic plan. They attempt to check their biases,…

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  • Risk Appetite: A Conversation of Governance

    Managers often view risk appetite as a highly theoretical concept: one that is determined instead of discussed, irrelevant instead of practical, or static instead of adaptive. This paradigm is due…

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  • Super Bowl Embraced ERM

    Imagine being responsible for managing risks related to the NFL Super Bowl. With the millions of viewers drawn to this event each year, one shudders to think about an event…

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  • Preparing for a Corporate Crisis Before Significant Risks Materialize

    A recent article from Practical Law The Journal offers boards guidance on preparing and responding to a corporate crisis. A lack of proper planning can make both managing crisis situations…

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  • Categorizing Risks for More Effective Risk Management

    Organizations often employ a rules-based model to manage risk; however history suggests that such an approach may not be an effective way to manage all types of risk. This Harvard…

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  • Sustainability:  Considerations that Can’t be Ignored from a Strategic Perspective

    The topic of sustainability means a host of things to people. Many view it from a “going green” or “social responsibility” perspective. While there is value in considering sustainability related…

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