Risk management and its practical application: lessons from the British Army

Trewin, Neil, Ojiako, Udechukwu and Johnson, Johnnie (2010) Risk management and its practical application: lessons from the British Army. Journal of Risk Research, 13, (5) (doi:10.1080/13669870903551670).


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This study explores, using predominately qualitative data, the risk management approaches of British Army officers in operational theatre. Risks within an operational context are particularly challenging for the British Army to manage due to external constraints such as its adherence to various rules of engagement and international conventions such as the Geneva Convention . The British Army’s centralised and highly structured control and regulation mechanisms are the product of over 300 years of traditions. Few companies can draw on this history, but we argue that the historical successes of the British Army suggest that contemporary civilian organisations have much to learn from the military approach to risk management.
Keywords: risk management, British Army, learning.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13669870903551670
ISSNs: 1366-9877 (print)
1466-4461 (electronic)
Keywords: risk management, british army, learning
Subjects: U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 79279
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2010Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:15
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79279

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