Business: Theory and Practice 16(2): 140-148, doi: 10.3846/btp.2015.568
Operational Risk Assessment and Management in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
expand article infoViktorija Stasytyte, Loreta Aleksienė
‡ Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Open Access
Abstract
Modern organizations have raised a need to actively and quickly react to the changes in external business environment, as well as in internal processes considering not only the present situation, but also evaluating possible changes and forecasting the future. Enterprise risk assessment and management, which is strongly related with foreseeing the uncertain future, becomes topical not only scientifically, but also practically seeking to reveal new and unique solutions. Operational risk management in small and medium enterprises, creating the largest part of value added in the whole European Union, demands a separate attention and coordinated decisions and means. The objective of the paper – to analyse the process of enterprise risk management in small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as to propose adequate risk management solutions for these companies. After performing a research, it was found out that small and medium enterprises more than big organizations require a risk management strategy and methodology, need to distinguish activity objectives and events influencing them, and they can efficiently apply a risk portfolio method to manage risk. In small and medium enterprises it is recommended to incorporate a risk management system based on COSO ERM model that can be modified depending on company needs and possibilities, turning it into less formal and structured and easily applicable.
Keywords
risk; risk management; risk analysis and assessment; risk management model; COSO ERM; ISO.