Rational designs for organising uncertainty

Organisational committees dedicated to risk did not exist ten years ago; now they have become a necessary feature of organisational life. How and why has risk become such an important part of organisational and managerial language? What has changed to allow management practices of very different kinds to all be re-organised in the name of risk? In an article discussing his new book ‘Organized Uncertainty’, Michael Powers explores how risk management has come to dominate strategic planning and the implications of this for practices and administrative processes. He argues that the changing nature of dangers and opportunities in the world is, if anything only one part of the answer.

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