Fundamentals of Enterprise Risk Management: How Top Companies Assess Risk, Manage Exposures, and Seize Opportunities

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CHAPTER 7
VISUAL RISK
CLUSTERS

RISK QUOTE: The most incomprehensible thing about the world is
that it is comprehensible
.

—ALBERT EINSTEIN, PHYSICIST

RISK QUOTE: My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.

—WOODY ALLEN, WRITER/ACTOR/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

A cluster is a number of similar things that occur together. An integral part of our approach to ERM is to encourage visual risk clustering. We align risks with the business model, bring them together into clusters at each level of a hierarchy, assign risk owners, and limit the number of categories assigned to each owner. We support the effort with technology, which we describe starting in Chapter 8.


Visual Risk Structure

A number of benefits accrue from a carefully designed risk cluster structure. For one thing, we limit the risk vision at each level. An owner can focus on critical risks and break them up into subrisks for lower-level owners. Second, we achieve accountability. Because the structure is linked to risk owners, the organization knows who

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