Economics

Physical Security Risk: The Need for a Comprehensive and Dynamic Approach

Good piece in the latest issue of Operational Risk & Regulation on managing physical security risk. A quote: Companies operating in dangerous places need to have structures in place to ensure business continuity. According to Adrian Stones, a director at Alaco, the London-based business consultancy: “It is absolutely critical to understand the landscape in which […]

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Economics

China Risk: Which Lane Are You On?

At a recent meeting, a senior executive at a major global brand asked me what other companies are doing about “China risk” these days. This morning, I came across a piece by Morgan O’Rourke on China risk in the new edition of Risk Management magazine (1). It seems, O’Rourke writes, that the events in Japan […]

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Economics

WEF Publishes New Global SC Risk Report

The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network has just published a new study which Accenture helped prepare. The Executive Summary is below: Global supply chains and transport networks form the backbone of the global economy, fuelling trade, consumption and economic growth. Trends such as globalization, lean processes and the geographical concentration of production have made […]

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Economics

SC Risk and Shareholder Value: The Conversation Begins

A recent piece on Bloomberg.com by Peter S. Green notes a fascinating new line of inquiry some investment managers are starting to take. Notes the piece: Jonas Kron is worried about water. The investment adviser at Trillium Asset Management, a $900 million fund manager that focuses on environmentally sustainable investment, fears the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water is […]

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Economics

The Risk-Price Trade-off

On Saturday the NY Times ran a short piece by Thomas Fuller about the floods in Thailand and the impact they are having on global Hard Disk Drive (HDD) availability.(1) The article states that “Before Thailand’s great flood of 2011, companies like Panasonic, JVC and Hitachi produced electronics and computer components that were exported around […]

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Economics

Too Much Manufacturing Risk?

There was an interesting piece on FT.com by Jonathan Soble on Jan 4th on the role of manufacturing in Japan. While the US bemoans that not enough is made here, some in Japan wonder the opposite: if they are too exposed to manufacturing as the sole source of competitiveness: Perhaps most worryingly, many in Japan […]

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