ERM & audit

Understanding the Changing Dynamics between ERM & Audit

As is often repeated here and elsewhere, the world is changing at an incredibly fast pace. Even without this year’s coronavirus pandemic, this pace will only accelerate in the years and decades ahead as automation, AI, machine learning, and other technologies continue to develop. ERM and audit are not immune to this change… Internal auditors…
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The Why, What, and How of ERM Software: An Essential Buyer’s Guide

PART 1: INTRODUCTION PART 2: WHY ERM SOFTWARE IS NEEDED PART 3: TYPES OF ERM SOFTWARE PART 4: HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT ERM SOFTWARE SYSTEM PART 1: INTRODUCTION What do you think is the most difficult part of enterprise risk management for risk managers and executives to make sense of? Is it risk appetite…
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Decision Analysis: A Structured Process for Improving Business Decisions

If you scroll through the posts on this blog, you will notice that many focus on decisions. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering that ERM is one tool for ensuring risk-informed decisions across the organization… Unfortunately, a growing number of organizations continue to report that their ERM processes do not provide a competitive advantage and…
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Remote Work: Is Your Company Making a Strategic Decision or Being Reactive?

It’s probably not shocking news that the interest in remote work has accelerated dramatically in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Global Workplace Analytics, only 3-4% of the workforce was remote before the COVID crisis, but by the end of next year, this number could jump to 25-30%…talk about a radical change! There…
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What to Do When Risks are Unavoidable

As is often repeated on this blog and elsewhere, the focus of risk management should not be minimizing harm to the organization but achieving objectives and maximizing success. No company can (…or should) try to avoid all risks. Taking this route can be disastrous, especially in today’s world. When developing strategy, hopefully your organization is…
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Why Do Most Organizations Avoid Quantitative Risk Assessment?

No ERM process that is effective at helping a company understand threats and opportunities to achieving objectives is going to just create a list of risks. While that may be sufficient for a regulator, it means absolutely nothing for helping executives run the organization better. After identification, companies then take the vital step of assessing…
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5 Key Personas of an Effective ERM Professional

When my blog was still pretty new, I published in early 2017 an article on the qualities of an effective ERM professional. Three years may not seem like a long time, but it is when considering how fast things are changing. Although the original article contains information that is still relevant today, I felt it…
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Fewer Companies Realize Strategic Benefit from Risk Management Activities

Every spring, NC State’s ERM Initiative in partnership with the AICPA releases their State of Risk Oversight report. Data for the report was obtained through a survey sent to senior executives across a variety of industries this past fall. For this year’s report, 563 surveys were completed, which is a significant increase over prior years.…
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Why Reactive Decision-Making Can Be Devastating and How to Improve It

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, companies are having to make hard choices on how to survive and thrive through this uncertain time. Instead of taking time to consider potential impacts of their options, too many companies are taking a very reactive approach to their decision-making. The book Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business…
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