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Centre for Risk Research

Systematic Simplicity: New Book Published on Opportunity, Risk and Uncertainty Management

Published: 23 September 2021
Systematic Simplicity - New Book

Chris Chapman, an Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Risk Research, has recently published a new book titled ‘Introducing Systematic Simplicity to Manage Decisions’.

Building on his 2019 book ‘Enlightened Planning’, part one of Professor Chapman’s new book focuses on an overview of his experiences of working as a consultant for BP and IBM to introduce basic systematic simplicity concepts. Parts two and three then address further aspects of project, operations and corporate management, including strategy formation, safety and the processes underlying all systematic simplicity approaches. As a central theme, the book draws upon case-based examples to show how a systematic simplicity approach builds clarity about opportunity, risk and uncertainty in ways that Chris argues should be seen as essential to best practice in decision making.

The new book has been developed for a wide audience to provide a concise and comprehensive introduction to the systematic simplicity concepts and the operational tools covered in much more detail in the 'Enlightened Planning' book. In short, it is about how systematic simplicity can deliver what all forms of 'best practice' should deliver.

In response to the publication of the book, Professor Chapman said “I hope this relatively short introductory book will make the basic ideas more accessible, to help the spread of much better practice. A lot of common practice is very bad practice and should be scrapped”.

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