The reality of risk: culture, behaviour and the role of accountants

Matthew Leitch, January 2012. The reality of risk is that most is managed through everyday management activities, not separate activities focused on lists of risks. Accountants play a key role in helping people manage risk well. The survey described in this report explored the risk-related practices used by accountants, their willingness to use more, and the dysfunctional behaviours that can undermine management of risk. The results reveal an opportunity to improve the way risk is managed by focusing on how core management activities are done and the support provided by accountants.