The Human Element of Risk Management

Over the past decade, risk management became more about quantitative models and less about behavioral models. Unfortunately, as we discovered during the recent financial crisis, even the best quantitative models cannot predict the result of misguided behavior. In this week’s edition, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine provides a special focus on risk management with interesting viewpoints such as this:

As business has grown more complex, we have developed elaborate protocols, systems, frameworks, and approaches to manage risk. A consequence of putting science at the forefront of these risk management systems has been a stripping of human behavior out of the risk model.

The future of risk management lies in an ability to incorporate and inspire more of the behaviors we want, finding new models to map, monitor, intervene, support, and react to the behaviors of individuals and groups—both the behaviors we want to encourage and those we’d like to avoid. Critically, this taking account of behavior means we need a much sharper comprehensive strategy for corporate culture, so that our models are founded on the way “things really happen around this place.”

Examining the human element of risk management is a key part of Wheelhouse Advisors’ upcoming workshop, Navigating Risk: From Crisis to Innovation. To learn more about the workshop and enroll for this groundbreaking event, please visit


About Wheelhouse Advisors
Wheelhouse Advisors LLC is the publisher of The ERM Current™, an online publication and blog dedicated to providing the latest updates on current trends in Enterprise Risk Management & Control. Wheelhouse Advisors provides cost-effective Enterprise Risk Management & Control solutions to both large and mid-size corporations. To learn more about Wheelhouse Advisors, please visit our web site at

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