PREDICTABLE SURPRISES

Many corporate crisis were predicted. So, they could have been prevented.

Why weren't they? And why do we keep repeating such costly mistakes?   

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INTRODUCTION

The initiative will be a collaboration between the Strategic Management Forum and Preventable Surprises. It will look at surprises that are preventable because they are predicable. Many disruptive economic, financial and business events are presented in the media as surprises, but in most cases we could–and should–have seen them coming. Concerns about BP’s safety record, the accounting practices of Tesco, sloppy mortgage lending – all were in the public domain for years before disaster struck.

 
Few predictable surprises are as large and dramatic as the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Nor are they as shocking. But we should be equally shocked by the frequency, quantity and cost of preventable surprises that do not appear in news headlines. They represent a major economic and social problem that needs to be resolved.
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RESOURCES

To assist research into the topic we will be publishing details of available resources in all media formats: from books to podcasts and video interviews to webinars. Access all the resource details.

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KEY ISSUES

Take a quick look at some of the key issues this initiative will address. They are outlined in this article introducing the project to our community on LinkedIn and in this site's news section.   

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ADVISORY PANEL

The agenda of this program is informed by the insights of a panel of advisers with expertise in risk management, finance and investment, insurance, strategic thinking, policy making and project management. They also represent many economic and industry  sectors.

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WHO SHOULD JOIN

Anyone who is interested in the reasons for predictable surprises and how they might be avoided is welcome to join, but people with an interests similar to those of the members advisory panel (see above) is likely to be most interested in the research. They are also most likely to gain the greatest benefits. The topic should also be of interest to all directors of organisations given their duty to protest the organisations they serve. 

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LATEST NEWS

Find out about the current status of the project, read reports on activity to date, and discover what future activities are planned and how you might engage. Read the program news.

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LAUNCH EVENT

The launch event will take the form of a one day conference to be held in London on March XXth at the Institute of Directors. 

 

The agenda, informed by the Advisory Panel (see above), will introduce each of the themes proposed for investigation during dialogues to follow over the following twelve months as part of a series of dialogues. Details of the speakers and the agenda will be announced in mid January. For updates read the program news

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PARTNERS

The initial launch conference, and the program that follows, requires the support of a number of partners. All partners will be recognised for their support. To enquire about the partnership opportunities please contact us

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