+353-1-416-8900REST OF WORLD
+44-20-3973-8888REST OF WORLD
1-917-300-0470EAST COAST U.S
1-800-526-8630U.S. (TOLL FREE)

The Two Headed Coin. Unifying Strategy and Risk in Pursuit of Performance. Edition No. 1. Wiley Finance

  • Book

  • 224 Pages
  • May 2021
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 5263909

Discover the interplay between strategy and risk in this insightful new resource from two experts in the financial industry who have applied their knowledge to multiple industries

In The Two Headed Coin, accomplished authors James L. Darroch and David Wm. Finnie deliver an insightful exploration of the interplay between strategy and risk that underlies the operational framework of successful organizations. You'll learn which risks are fundamental to the strategic positioning and goals of your organization and which are not. You'll also discover the importance of an independent risk function, e,g., the CRO, and its invaluable role as part of the strategic process.

You'll also find:

  • A thorough discussion of the notion of competitive advantage and how it relates to risk
  • An exploration of consumer perception and reputation as an asset to be managed
  • How to use scenario planning and real options to provide a framework for managing uncertainty
  • How a focus on culture and ethics can minimize the risk of large losses due to adverse behaviors

Perfect for risk management and strategy professionals The Two Headed Coin will also earn a place in the libraries of executives and managers who wish to improve their ability to integrate strategic and risk thinking to create competitive advantage.

Table of Contents

Preface: Risk is Good and Uncertainty is the Reality! xi

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Authors xxix

Chapter 1 Strategy and Risk: Two Sides of the Same Coin 1

Strategic Positioning and Risk 6

Strategy and Risk in a Start-Up 7

Chapter 2 Executing on the Plan and Discovering New Risks 17

The Assumption of Goal Congruence and the Importance of Culture 21

Conclusion 27

Chapter 3 Which Risks to Keep 31

Strategic Positioning and Risk Governance 38

How Does Risk Management Help Close the Gap Between Strategy Formulation and Execution? 40

Conclusion: Embracing and Managing Risk 42

Chapter 4 How Do We Achieve Independent Risk Governance and Improve Performance? 47

What Do We Mean by ERM? 51

Chapter 5 Who Has the Specific Knowledge to Design the Risk Architecture? Why You Need an Independent Risk Function 61

The Strategy-Risk-Governance Process 61

Meeting the Objective and the Categorization of Risks 69

The Risk Architecture 71

Creation of a Risk Function 73

Conclusion 76

Chapter 6 Enterprise Risk Management and Competitive Advantage 79

How Does Strategy Affect Randomness? 86

Chapter 7 What Reputation Do We Want? With Whom? 91

Managing Reputation Risk 99

Chapter 8 Uncertainty, Scenario Planning, and Real Options 105

Real Options 113

Conclusion 116

Chapter 9 Risk Culture and Ethics: Can You Have Excellence and Consistency at the Same Time? 121

The Advisor-Customer Encounter 124

Control Systems, Discretion, and Ethics 127

Culture, Ethics, Performance, and Risk Management 135

Chapter 10 The Top of the Pyramid: The CEO as Integrator of Strategy and Risk and the Board as the Fourth Line of Defense 141

The CEO: The Operational Integration of Strategy and Risk 145

The Board: The Governance Integration of Strategy and Risk 145

The Board Provides More Than Oversight 146

Epilogue: Decision-Making at the Restaurant: Creating and Executing a Risk-Aware Strategy 151

Appendix I: Risk Transformation and the Need for an Integrated Risk Approach 157

Appendix II: Resiliency 161

Bibliography 167

Index 183


David Wm. Finnie James L. Darroch