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Risk Research Institute - Projects

Specialist projects funded by the Risk Research Institute:

Integration and Data Management: the duality of risk

Claudio Ciborra, Information Systems Department

Large corporations are meeting the demands of globalisation and cost reduction by deploying massive information and communication infrastructures that are aimed at streamlining, centralising and integrating key information flows and databases. Though managing a fragmented business in the present era can be a high-risk endeavour, this research project aims to reveal the hidden risks of centralisation and integration that modern information infrastructures can generate as side effects.   

Risk Perceptions: an internet approach

Frank Cowell, STICERD

This project uses V-Lab - the Virtual Laboratory launched last year by the Distributed Analysis Research Programme in STICERD. V-Lab is an internet tool for conducting questionnaire experiments, facilitating remote coordination by the research team in Europe and in Israel. The purpose of the questionnaires is to identify people's attitudes towards risk and uncertainty by using attitudinal questions in hypothetical settings.

Strategic Decision Making in Companies

Peter Abell and Geoffrey Owen, Interdisciplinary Institute of Management

This project analyses corporate performance and key strategic decision-making in two UK industries, food retailing and vehicle components. The project considers why some companies consistently make better decisions than others. Does sustained competitive advantage derive from distinctive managerial skill in assessing the risks and returns of particular strategies - or is luck the most important factor? The study tests the validity of some well-known theories of corporate strategy, including the positioning view and game-theoretic approaches.