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Enterprise risk management is a complex yet critical issue that all companies must deal with as they head into the twenty-first century. It empowers you to balance risks with rewards as well as people with processes. But to master the numerous aspects of enterprise risk management, you must intergrate risk management into the culture and operations of the business. No one knows this better than risk management expert James Lam. In Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls, Lam distills twenty years worth of experience in this field to give you a clear understanding of both the art and science of enterprise risk management.
Organized into four comprehensive sections, Enterprise Risk Management offers in-depth insights, practical advice, and real-world case studies that explore every aspect of this important field. Section I: "Risk Management in Context" provides an introduction and foundation for the rest of the book. Youll learn why a company should strive for balance between risk and return, and discover some of the basic reasons why risk management is such an important issue in business today. Youll also learn seven essential risk management lessons through discussions of some of the major financial disasters of years past. With this knowledge in hand, youll be introduced to some of the key concepts, processes, and tools underlying risk management.
In Section II: "The Enterprise Risk Management Framework," youll receive an executive education on the business rationale for integrating risk management processes, and discover the seven building blocks for developing an enterprise risk management program. Youll also discover how the role of Chief Risk Officer has changed in todays firm.
Section III: "Risk Management Applications" discusses the applications of risk management in two dimensionsfunctions and industries. Youll become familiar with the functional requirements for credit, market, and operational risks, as well as learn how risk management has evolved from a control function to a function that enables performance optimization. Industry segments including financial institutions, energy firms, asset management firms, and nonfinancial corporations are also explored with an eye toward key business trends and risk management requirements in these sectors.
Section IV: "A Look to the Future" rounds out this comprehensive discussion of enterprise risk management by examining emerging topics in risk management with respect to people and technology. A forward-looking story reveals how best-practice risk management might look in the year 2010.
Failure to properly manage risk continues to plague corporate Americafrom Enron to Long-Term Capital Management. Dont let it hurt your organization. Pick up Enterprise Risk Management and learn how to meet the enterprise-wide risk management challenge head onand succeed.
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Praise for Enterprise Risk Management
"In the aftermath of Enron, WorldCom, and Sarbanes-Oxley, every publicly traded company should be concerned about risk management. This book takes a pragmatic approach to risk management that can benefit any CEO or senior executive. Lam lays out clear strategies to address what is often a highly complex issue."
William L. Walton, Chairman and CEO, Allied Capital Corporation
"James Lam provides one of the most practical, insightful books on risk management that I have read in the last thirty years. It clearly reflects experience and deep understanding of the art as well as the science in risk management practices. A must-read for all who wish to advance risk management practices in their businesses."
Sandra Jansky, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Chairperson, Risk Management Association
"In this book, James Lam has provided an effective overview of business risk. Enterprise Risk Management will be useful to professional risk managers and business executives seeking to understand the latest tools and organizational approaches."
Robert Simons, Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration,
Unit HeadAccounting & Control, Harvard Business School
"The most comprehensive and engaging handbook on enterprise risk management, written by the pioneer of the Chief Risk Officer function. Filled with practical examples and lessons learned, this book is destined to become one of the most widely read primers on todays top business initiative. James Lam is the authority on enterprise risk management, and I highly recommend this book to all board directors, senior executives, and risk managers."
Cassandra R. Schultz, Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, KeySpan Corporation
"James Lams book Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls provides an insightful road map to best practices in risk management. Based on a solid and successful career in risk management, Jamess advice is both timely and relevant and should be required reading for all risk management professionals."
Michael J. Litwin, Chief Credit and Risk Officer, Merrill Lynch Capital