We won the OR Society Stafford Beer Medal!

Our paper:  Does risk matter? Disengagement from risk management practices in information systems projects, European Journal of Information Systems, 22 637-649 (Elmar Kutsch, David Denyer, Mark Hall and Liz Lee-Kelley) won the 2013 Stafford Beer medal.

This award is named in memory of Stafford Beer, a world leader in the development of systems ideas, especially management cybernetics, and President of the OR Society 1970-71.

The Stafford Beer Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of Information Systems published in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) within the relevant year.

Elmar (left), Mark (right) and I receiving our awards from Stewart Robinson

Taken from the OR Society website “Risk management is considered fundamental to project performance.  However the authors’ paper describes a study, undertaken across a wide range of organisations in which they found in practice, many project managers disengage from prescribed risk management before executing risk responses. Their analysis found five key underlying beliefs that governed project managers’ risk management attitudes and actions. The aims of the Operational Research Society are to bring logical analysis to improve management and decision making. We consider that this paper could make a valuable contribution to project management practice and we commend it to Information Management professionals. The Society is pleased to award the authors with the Stafford Beer medal for 2013.”

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