A Teaching Topic in Strategy and Structure
Implementation and Risk
This teaching topic examines how to identify and prioritize risks in the environment. Context creates risks (fiscal, legal, reputational, operational, organizational capacity, etc.) that can undermine successful implementation and that sometimes can alter the original framing and conception of the policy objective and the implementation strategy to achieve it. How do policy leaders assess and deal with uncertainty and unintended consequences?
Recommended Reading (University of Toronto PPG-1007)
SPPG Case Study, Provincial Nominee Program.
Sparrow, Malcolm. The Character of Harms. (Cambridge University Press, 2008) Introduction, 1-18 and Chapter 6, 101-107.
Eggers, William and John O’Leary. If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government. (Harvard Business Press, Boston, 2009) Chapter 4, The Overconfidence Trap, 107-134.
Covello, Vincent and Peter Sandman, ‘Risk Communication: Evolution and Revolution’, 2001 at http://www.psandman.com/articles/covello.htm (accessed 21 February 2013).
Sandman, Peter, ‘Risk Communication: Facing Public Outrage’, 1987, at http://www.psandman.com/articles/facing.htm (accessed 21 February 2013).
Radwanski, Adam, "How bold can McGuinty be?", Globe and Mail, 12 October 2011 at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/how-bold-can-mcguinty-be/article4351021/ (accessed 21 February 2013).
‘Program and Policy Analysis: Guide to Risk Assessment Analysis’, Government of Ontario, September 2011.
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. (Random House: New York, 2007). 300 pages.
Source: University of Toronto PPG-1007 Syllabus, 2012.
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