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ERM - Enterprise Risk Management: Issues and Cases by Jean-Paul Louisot, Christopher Ketcham

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3 Select and Implement the Appropriate Risk Management Technique

Risk treatment occurs after risks have been identified, evaluated and assessed. Treatment can include avoidance, acceptance, mitigation, transfer (for example, insurance), separate, and optimize and exploit. ERM often produces novel risks that require novel treatment. What organizations are beginning to understand is that proper treatment can be used not just to reduce the cost of loss but also increase the bottom line. Examples of exploitation include venturing into niche markets where others have been unable to control loss, or using risk control techniques to increase reputation and by doing so increase revenue and the acquisition of more profitable business.

3.1 RISK TO REPUTATION

Sophie Gaultier-Gaillard

Associate Professor at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris

Jean-Paul Louisot

Formerly Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Directeur pédagogique du CARM Institute, Paris, France

Jenny Rayner

Director of consulting firm Abbey Consulting

Warren Buffett (Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway) once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.” The teachings to draw from this quote are manifold. Firstly, it demonstrates that risk is a social construct (Douglas and Wildawsky, 1982). Secondly, it shows that people tend to perceive it as a threat and totally miss the dual aspect of risk, i.e. the potential opportunities. ...

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