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Organisational Management of Complex Risk

London, February 2003

A grant from the BP Complex Risk programme allowed CARR researchers to spend part of the last two years working with organisations facing challenging risk management problems. The distinctive feature of this work has been the combined deployment of ethnographic and problem structuring methods. With the project now complete, the workshop provided an opportunity to discuss a number of developing themes with academics from social and management science backgrounds, and risk management practitioners. As the first stage of the post-project dissemination programme, the focus of the workshop was on the identification of risk handling practices within organisational settings, and the design and deployment of group-based soft modelling support for associated planning and decision-making processes. The team's provisional findings provoked lively discussion amongst the participants.