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Centre for Risk Research

The Risk Matrix: advice on the design and use of risk categories and subcategories  Event

Dr Alasdair Marshall
11:00 - 13:00
11 December 2018
Room 1001, Building 67, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Ian Dawson on +44 (0)2380 598094 or email .

Event details

This is a regional joint seminar co-hosted by Munich Re and Southampton Business School’s Centre for Risk Research

For several months, a Project Team at Southampton Business School has been working with Munich Reinsurance Company to extract risk information from US Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K risk reports. These reports, which are filed annually by companies with over $10 million in assets, contain a section 1A entitled “risk factors”. This section requires informative discussion of significant risks to the company. Several studies indicate that the section 1A form-filling requirement has succeeded in eliciting a good level of detail on corporate risk exposures across a wide variety of industries, especially for risks which companies are more concerned about.

Using this data, the Munich Re – Southampton Business School project has undertaken to design a risk classification architecture (or ‘risk matrix’). The design specification has been for the matrix to comprise both high level general risk categories and more specific risk subcategories, and to capture significant risks for companies which are common across various industries, while also remaining sensitive to industry specific risks. 

At the seminar, representatives of both the Business School project team and Munich Re will discuss their risk matrix solution and the advantages it offers for companies who decide to use it.  Issues of methodology and technical language for risk matrix design will be covered. The seminar is intended to be of interest to all risk professionals, academics and students who wish to become more familiar with the technical challenges associated with risk matrix design and the advantages of well-designed matrices.

Speaker Biography:
The seminar will be delivered by representatives from Southampton Business School and Munich Re. The project leader is Dr Alasdair Marshall who joined the Southampton Business School as Lecturer in Risk Management in September 2008. Alasdair holds a MA (Hons) degree and a PhD in Social Science from the University of Glasgow. Between 2003 and 2008, Alasdair worked at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he contributed to Risk Management teaching within Caledonian Business School and was involved in a broad range of research and consultancy projects within the Cullen Centre for Risk and Governance.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Speaker information

Dr Alasdair Marshall,Centre for Risk Research, University of Southampton

Fragkiska Roussou, Felipe Costa Sperb,Southampton Business School,Seminar Speakers

Dirk Schafer, Wolfgang Boffo, Philipp Spee ,Munich RE,Seminar Speakers

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