Positive Risk Management


Negative risks are clearly of great concern to organisations. However, it is increasingly recognised that the term “risk” is often too narrowly defined. Positive risk management is primarily concerned with identifying, assessing and managing potentially beneficial outcomes.

Technique Overview

Positive Risk Management

Positive Risk Management Definition

Risk is the probability that an event will occur with either negative or beneficial outcomes for a particular person or group of people. Positive risk management is primarily concerned with identifying, assessing and managing these potentially beneficial outcomes. However, some people relate positive risk management more with building an organisational culture where risk management is openly discussed and proactively managed by all stakeholders (Bisson, 2014; Thomas, 2015).

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  • Bisson, C. (2014) Plan for Positive Risks, Project Management Institute [online], available at: https://www.pmi.org/learning/PM-Network/2014/plan-for-positive-risks.aspx
  • Blome, C., Groetsch, V., Henke, M. and Tang, C. (2012) A Comparative Study of Financial and Operational Measures in the Automotive Industry, in O. Khan and G. Zsidisin (Eds.) Handbook of Supply Chain Risk Management, J. Ross Publishing, Florida.
  • Burrow, J. and Fowler, A. (2015) Marketing (4th ed.), South-Western Cengage Learning, Boston, MA.
  • Duval-Arnould, J., Mathews, S., Weeks, K., Colantuoni, E., Mukherjee, A., Nundy, S. et al. (2012) Using the Opportunity Estimator Tool to Improve Engagement in a Quality and Safety Intervention, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Vol. 38(1), pp. 1-48.

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