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Innovation and ERM: Partners in Managing Waves of Disruption

This report, drafted in partnership with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) as part of The Future Today research program, highlights key ways that enterprise risk management (ERM) can be successfully tied to strategy and innovation.

Innovation and ERM

In the accounting and finance profession, understanding risk is key to successfully diverting a company from failure to success. As a result, there is growing pressure for accountants to develop business-risk acumen on top of their financial expertise.

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) not only enables a company to innovate but can also protect it from the downside of innovation. Companies that do novel and strategic things to create their own wave of disruption must also manage the associated risk and uncertainty. This requires a different approach that captures new thinking and new risk tools.

Key Insights
  • By incorporating risk-sensing tools, companies can more easily predict and respond to waves of disruption
  • With tools that enhance the understanding of risk, companies can develop and alter key assets to combat changes in the external environment
  • When responding to risk, it’s important for businesses to not only innovate in their fields but also consider business model innovations

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