Preparing for battle – Strategic risk management for contractors
Abstract: The construction business is replete with risks. Bumps in the supply chain can stall deliveries, weather can wreak havoc on project schedules and owners can go bankrupt. These realities, compounded by recent natural disasters, heavier pressure to finish projects faster and more efficiently, and a steep rise in global competition, have prompted contractors to turn to strategic risk management (SRM). Having an SRM plan can reduce the chances of unexpected risks destabilizing a business, and allow owners to gain a better perspective on what risks could actually be beneficial to their construction business. This article discusses how to set up an SRM plan, while a sidebar discusses the importance of insurance as one component.