In the five decades through which Control Risks has supported clients across the globe the political, technological, environmental and societal landscape has changed to a degree that few could have predicted. While this has undoubtedly created opportunities and wealth, and with it the attendant benefits, it has also been a catalyst for uncertainty, instability and conflict, and has under-lined the problematic nature of understanding and sense-making in this changing world.
Against this backdrop Control Risks embarked upon a research programme with our partners at Airmic. Our aim was to gain a better understanding of how organisations view the world today, and the means by which they attempt to monitor, map and comprehend a highly complex threat and risk environment. We wanted to identify how technology can be harnessed, and how this can provide insight to support decision-making and ultimately the realisation of opportunity.
We would like to thank our clients who kindly agreed to participate in the research and to Longitude for its expert assistance. We found the process both fascinating and enlightening. We hope in turn that this report will be of value to all those with an interest in the nature of the changing world and how threats can be better monitored and evaluated to enhance understanding and decision making.
Mark Whyte, Senior Partner, Control Risks