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Risk and counter measures issues( MBB )

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Anonymous A asked on Nov 08, 2018

Well I have an interview in the next week or so and am having kinda of Abit of a challenge ( banking background -BB) in understanding what exactly they are looking for in some of the questions that am practicing on.eg.

A client is looking to enter a particular market.the scope of the work is market sizing, best entry approach and how they ought to price.They say that your the EM( engagement manager) and they want to know some of the risks and counter measures in this project.youve been given 1 analyst and time frame is 2 months.

I can't seem to think of more than 2 answers to this: too wide a scope given the resources and also it might be Abit of a challenge accessing information given that the country is in the emerging markets.any other risk( and the thinking behind it) that can be shared would be really helpful

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replied on Nov 09, 2018
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You + Analyst for two months only to work on that topic? That's paradise!

This is a good article to get you started: https://hbr.org/2012/06/managing-risks-a-new-framework

One approach could be building a risk matrix.

The one axis would be broken down risk into these categories:

  1. Controllable risks - stuff that you are actually able to influence
  2. Uncontrollable risks - stuff that you are not able to influence (natural disasters, war, ...)

Then, you break it down further:

  1. Controllable risks
    1. Preventable risks: Risks that are arising from within the company but are not taken for strategic reasons. Examples could be things like: - not setting up geo-redundancy for data centers - not staffing projects adequately - depending on a single supplier - ... All of these have no strategic benefit, are maybe only a bit cheaper or faster. The goal of risk management here is to eliminate them as much as possible by putting in the appropriate measures. The approach is mostly rule-based: If this... then that... - If you want to set up a new data center, make sure you have to redundant fibre connections from two providers. If you work with this machine, wear safety goggles...
    2. Strategy risks: Risks that are consciously taken to implement the chosen strategy. Examples could be: - Competitive risk from entry into a new market - Financial risk from financing a joint venture - M&A risk These risks are not entirely undesirable, because they are consciously taken to achieve the returns aimed for in the chosen strategy. Here a rule-based approach does not work. Here the role of risk management is to put tools and procedures in place to minimize the probability of the negative impact occurring (like doing a proper due diligence in an acquisition)
  2. Uncontrollable risks: You cannot prevent these from occurring. Hurricanes will hit, terror acts will occur. Here the goal of risk management is to minimize the impact once the risk does occur.

Once you have the one axis done, you can do the other one. Here you can use a million and one other categories:

  1. Operational Risk
  2. Schedule Risk
  3. Budget Risk
  4. Business Risk:
  5. Technical Risk
  6. Information Security Risk
  7. Infrastructure Risk:
  8. Quality and Process Risk
  9. Resource Risk
  10. Supplier Risk
  11. ...

And then you fill the matrix with content. The approach on what to do with these different risks will more or less fall out of the first axis: prevent from happening, minimize the likelihood of happening, minimize the impact

Tools you might use later in the project to actually manage the risks are things like: scenario planning, war-gaming, stress testing, risk audits, certifications, ...

Hope this helps,

Elias