Corporate failures, periodic recessions, regional debt crises and volatile financial markets have intensified the focus on risk management as the means to deal with turbulent conditions. The ability to respond effectively to abrupt environmental impacts is considered an important source of competitive advantage. Yet, surprisingly little research has analyzed whether the presumed advantages of effective risk management are associated with superior outcomes. Here we present a comprehensive study of risk management effectiveness and the relationship to corporate performance based on more than 33,500 observations in 3,400 firms over the turbulent 20-year period 1991-2010. Determining effective risk management as the ability to reduce earnings and cash flow volatility, we find that both have significant positive relationships to lagged performance measures after controlling for industry effects, company size and financial leverage.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||International Risk Management Conference 2012: Global Standards for Risk Measurement, Management and regulation - Rom, Italy|
Duration: 18 Jun 2012 → 19 Jun 2012
Conference number: 5
|Conference||International Risk Management Conference 2012|
|Period||18/06/2012 → 19/06/2012|