The first thought paper, Embracing Enterprise Risk Management: Practical Approaches for Getting Started, developed by Mark Frigo and Richard Anderson of the Center for Strategy, Execution, and Valuation at DePaul University, describes how an organization can begin implementing an ERM process. It also examines perceived barriers to effective ERM and how to work through those barriers. “Starting an ERM process is a daunting task for many organizations” said Anderson. “The paper provides an action plan that can be used as a tangible tool in ERM implementation.
”COSO’s second thought paper, Developing Key Risk Indicators to Strengthen Enterprise Risk Management, developed by the ERM Initiative at North Carolina State University, discusses the importance of developing key risk indicators to be used to monitor emerging risks that might affect the strategic success of the enterprise. “Key risk indicators can serve as leading indicators of emerging risks that senior management and the board of directors can monitor to ensure that they don’t negatively affect the achievement of strategic objectives,” according to Mark Beasley, Deloitte Professor of Enterprise Risk Management and Director of North Carolina State’s ERM Initiative and co-author of this thought paper.