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Beyond Bad Apples

Beyond Bad Apples
Risk Culture in Business


Michelle Tuveson, Daniel Ralph, Kern Alexander, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Michael Power, Stelios Kavadias, Kostas Ladas, Duncan Needham, Anthony Hotson, Andrew Freeman, Anette Mikes.
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  • Date Published: May 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108466882

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  • The one bad apple spoiling the whole barrel has become a common metaphor used with reference to risk culture in organisations. This “inside-out” perspective begins with the individual as the unit of analysis and follows with inferences to the broader environment. Since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, risk culture for many has become the explanation for shortcomings, poor decisions, and moral failures in organisations. This volume presents an institutional perspective of the forces that shape risk culture, and culture more generally, in organisations through a multi-disciplinary examination from a variety of leading academics and subject specialists. The authors demonstrate that firms play a role as manufacturers and managers of risk and they challenge common conceptions that attribute risk to chance circumstances or rogue behaviours. The foundational concepts needed for an institutional view of risk culture are highlighted with subsequent links to significant developments within society and firms.

    • Challenges the predominant 'inside-out' perspective of risk culture
    • Explores how firms might build upon the legacies of risk culture post-Financial Crisis to incorporate new thinking on performance, innovation, and growth
    • Includes contributions by leading scholars from multiple disciplines
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    'Culture is contagious, within and across organisations. The global financial crisis provides no better illustration of that cultural contagion and its adverse consequences for individual firms and society at large. That makes understanding culture, its origins and propagation, crucial if we are to keep organisations and our economic and financial systems at a safe distance from cultural cliff-edges. This volume, by international renowned experts in the field, is a valuable contribution to improving both our understanding of organisational culture and the policies needed to avoid a future crashing of cultures.' Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England

    'As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, this is a timely spotlight on the role risk culture has to play as businesses face unprecedented challenges to their operating models. It places the issues in a robustly argued context, with the occasional welcome dose of academic scepticism, providing Boards, the C-Suite and an organisation's risk practitioners with thoughtful perspectives on how to challenge current thinking.' Clare Williams, Global Head of Reputation Management, Barclays

    'Beyond Bad Apples: Risk Culture in Business provides a much-needed institutional view to a topic that is the lifeblood of organisations and has come to the forefront since the Global Financial Crisis crises. Each of the subject authors brings a unique lens through which the culture discussion is viewed, and provides insightful context for organisations when considering their own risk cultures.' Alan Smith, Global Head of Risk Strategy and Senior Executive Officer of Group Risk, Global Risk, HSBC plc

    'A strong risk culture is a cornerstone of effective risk management and a competitive advantage for financial and non-financial firms alike. This book is a welcome addition to the literature on risk culture as it addresses the topic in a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary fashion.' Alessandra Mongiardino, Managing Director of Group Financial and Strategic Risks, RBS

    'Often highlighted as a panacea for firms, but seldom explored and taken forward with the required energy and rigour, 'risk culture' has acquired a new urgency due to the complex uncertainties and emerging threats within today's business environment. Not only does this book from Cambridge intimate an elastic, multi-faceted approach that is responsive to the exigencies of our times, it also sets out a challenge to others regarding interesting angles the team hasn't had time to delve into.' Richard Smith-Bingham, Director, Marsh & McLennan Insights

    'Getting culture right is critical. But there isn't a set of rules to follow as it's fundamentally unique to each organisation. The wide-ranging perspectives and insights from multi-disciplinary experts and thought leaders will be welcomed by firms tackling this complex challenge.' Stacey English, former Head of Regulatory Intelligence, Thomson Reuters

    'This book presents excellent insight and analysis into the rationales and needs for any organization to develop a positive risk culture. And it succinctly explains and addresses the complexities associated with evolving marketplaces, and the need for corporations, individuals and regulatory initiatives to plainly respond, while pointing out the clear benefits derived from building a positive risk culture.' Rich Apostolik, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Association of Risk Professionals

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108466882
    • length: 275 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michelle Tuveson, Daniel Ralph and Kern Alexander
    I. Risk culture conceptual underpinnings:
    1. Individual agency and collective patterns of action: organisational culture through the lens of organisational theory Jennifer Howard-Grenville
    2. Risk culture and information culture: why an “appetite for knowledge” matters Michael Power
    3. A network view of tone at the top and the role of opinion leaders Michelle Tuveson and Daniel Ralph
    4. Rethinking risk management cultures in organisations: insights from innovation Stelios Kavadias and Kostas Ladas
    II. A view of risk culture concepts in firms and society:
    5. The changing risk culture of UK banks Duncan Needham and Anthony Hotson
    6. Regulating agency relationships and risk culture in financial institutions Kern Alexander
    7. What does risk culture mean to a corporation? Evidence for business value Andrew Freeman
    8. Values at risk: perspectives on the ethical turn in risk management Anette Mikes
    conclusion Michelle Tuveson, Daniel Ralph and Kern Alexander

  • Editors

    Michelle Tuveson, Judge Business School, Cambridge
    Michelle Tuveson is Chairman and Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School. She is a board member, commentator and speaker and her articles have been published in reports such as Risk Analysis: An International Journal, and Financial Times Special Report on Risk Management.

    Daniel Ralph, Judge Business School, Cambridge
    Danny Ralph is the founding Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies in Cambridge Judge Business School, and Fellow of Churchill College, at University of Cambridge. Danny works with leading international organisations, in financial services, energy and beyond, on identifying, assessing and managing systemic risks.

    Kern Alexander, Universität Zürich
    Kern Alexander is Professor of Banking and Financial Market Regulation at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on the regulation of financial markets. He is the author of Principles of Banking Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and co-author of Brexit and Financial Services: Law and Policy (2018), and Economic Sanctions: Law and Public Policy (2009).


    Michelle Tuveson, Daniel Ralph, Kern Alexander, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Michael Power, Stelios Kavadias, Kostas Ladas, Duncan Needham, Anthony Hotson, Andrew Freeman, Anette Mikes.

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