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Enterprise Risk Management: A Guide for Government Professionals by Allen Runnels, Karen Hardy

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Chapter SixBuilding a Risk Culture

The test in the real world is how competent the organization’s risk management practices are, and the degree to which [an organization is] instilling risk management behaviors into its culture and management’s decision-making [process]. In short, how mature is the company’s enterprise risk management program and how thorough are its practices at all levels of the organization?

—Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS), 2009

When one ponders how an organizational culture is changed, it is important to keep these few words in mind: “Culture change is hard, slow, and subject to frequent relapse.”1 The reality of this statement is designed not to discourage, but rather to equip one with the knowledge and ...

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