Breaking the cultural causes of risk

A lot of corporate IT is dedicated to reducing risk. ZDNet UK takes a look at the cultural reasons why risk is misunderstood and mishandled in organisations

A lot of corporate IT is dedicated to reducing risk. Security and systems management are particularly important here, with billions spent yearly in locking down and controlling the computers and networks that control and protect company data.

Yet it is very hard to know how well they work — except when they don't. It doesn't matter how much is invested in managing risk if the wrong problem is tackled or the real dangers ignored. This video explores the cultural reasons why risk is misunderstood and mishandled in organisations.

Professor of anthropology Gerald Mars, one of the leading academics working in cultural theory, takes a fascinating and enlightening look at how different groups of people see and deal with risk. He examines how communication between those groups goes wrong — often, the true underlying cause of what looks like a technical failure.


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