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Intelligent Internal Control and Risk Management: Designing High-Performance Risk Control Systems by [Leitch, Matthew]
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'Matthew Leitch provides compelling evidence that a scientific approach to internal controls and risk management can significantly improve performance. This book combines theory with case studies and the author's unrivalled experience in implementing value-adding control systems.' Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen Group 'This book is about managing internal control systems and associated risk and uncertainty with a grin instead of a grimace. It focuses on value from creativity, rather than compliance by bureaucracy. It concerns psychological and political issues as well as systems and scientific issues. Integrating disciplines is at its heart. The last four chapters provide lots of implementation tips, building on numerous useful ideas explored earlier. It is refreshingly thoughtful in a maverick and informal manner - well worth a read.' - Chris Chapman, University of Southampton, and Senior Associate, The Nichols Group 'The scope of internal control, risk management and external audits has expanded exponentially over recent years and the costs have gone through the roof. But doing more of the wrong things, even if it means ticking the right regulatory boxes, has not taken organizations in the right direction. This book is a breath of fresh air. Matthew Leitch offers a new agenda for internal control and risk management based on clear and intelligent thinking and analysis. It shows how controls can add value rather than costs. Supported by many interesting examples this book should be compulsory reading for all senior managers and professionals in the risk management business.' Jeremy Hope, cofounder of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table and author of Reinventing the CFO

About the Author

Matthew Leitch is a qualified accountant and auditor with the mind of a designer. His background includes writing, psychology, mathematics, software development, audit, and accountancy. For seven years until 2002 he worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a specialist in internal controls and risk management. There he pioneered new methods of designing control systems through a series of projects with leading organizations. Matthew works as an independent consultant, researcher, and author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2867 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Gower; 1K edition (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091Q76OM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Too often companies are brought to their knees by risks that materialise and you are left wondering why they didn't think of them!! Leitch's book gives some extremely useful insights into some of the most common causes of failure. The strength of the controls to manage the risks is seldom as strong as the organization believes. The audit process tends to focus on compliance with processes / procedures and not on the quality of the control. Leitch's book is a fresh look at the topic and argues the case that they need to be properly designed and not hastily thrown together to satisfy some checklist. This book should be compulsory reading for risk professionals.
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The author is like the little kid in The Emperor's Clothes children's story. He has the perception and honesty to question what happens in reality, but he also has the intelligence to offer alternatives. Even a review of the index gets you thinking and leaves you curious for what is inside. We internal auditors are often lazy and just re-hash the same old stuff, even when a recent review of corporate history shows that our techniques often fail. I heartily recommend this book to give us all some fresh-thinking on the subject.
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This is a hugely valuable book. It is a call to manage our organisations better, and a collection of tools with which to do that.

I am someone who has long puzzled over the inadequacy of risk management in projects. I always suspected there was something I was missing. The author explains what that is: common approaches to risk management fail to understand what risk really is. Most people see “risks” as almost concrete things to be managed separately, when in fact we should be thinking about the more general uncertainties in so much of what we do. Then we can deal with those with mechanisms embedded into our daily work.

But this book is not just about project risk. It is about risk and uncertainty of all kinds: from big enterprise-level bets, down to ground-level miscounting of widgets coming off the production line. If I could pick a title other than the (rather unexciting) current one it would be “Why things go wrong in business and what we all can do about it”. That may sound like a grand ambition, but it’s more or less the size of it, and the ambition does not feel out of reach. That’s why I feel this book is so valuable.

The first part sets the scene and tone. It describes big, real life problems, and offers an alternative world where risk control is about providing positive value, not avoiding possible loss. The tone is light but enlightening, and it slips along seemingly without any reader effort.

The second part is a collection of sixty patterns: ideas of what you can do to manage uncertain environments and situations. There are plenty of varied and realistic (and probably real) examples. I ran through this section quite quickly.
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This is an excellent book for anyone charged with ensuring that their organisation has effective control disciplines. Leitch provides an innovative insight into what control really looks like and how to embed it in daily work practices of staff. His collection of sixty control mechanisms offer a logical, practical, and imaginative toolkit from which to address control and risk. Written in a highly engaging, candid style, Leitch gets the reader beyond the typically stuffy language and disciplines of recent legislation and 'best practice' codes, and boils the issues down to the basics. The reader will emerge recognising that the key to managing risk and instilling good control is to know how to handle uncertainty. The solutions offered are a mixture of straight-forward process improvements and better use of formal quantification techniques coupled with the more fundamental challenge of encouraging organisations to learn as they go, as part of a transparent, accountable culture. There are tons of ideas to consider. The book is a brilliant and refreshing contribution to a traditionally dry subject.
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