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The enactment of risk categories: organizing and re-organizing risk management practices in the energy industry

Scott, Susan V. and Perry, Nicholas (2006) The enactment of risk categories: organizing and re-organizing risk management practices in the energy industry. Working paper series, 148. Information Systems Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Aimed at energy organizations adapting to the competitive demands associated with liberalization, transaction and risk management software “A-Trade” was part of the shift from a traditional engineer-led culture of risk cognition to market-oriented financial risk management. The story of A-Trade illustrates the progress of risk industries, the development of encounters between different risk cultures, and the entanglement of technological artefacts in the enactment of managerial approaches to risk. We suggest that risk management is an organizing category in whose name organizing and re-organizing activity is done. In our conclusion, we consider what the story of A-Trade tells us about how organizations experience the limits of their own capacity to organize in the face or uncertainty and consider the role of routine information infrastructures in mitigating risk.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 10:28
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 16:55

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