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Rationales for Corporate Risk Management - A Critical Literature Review

Monda, Barbara and Giorgino, Marco and Modolin, Ileana (2013): Rationales for Corporate Risk Management - A Critical Literature Review.

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Abstract

This paper describes theoretical motivations for corporate risk management activities and empirical evidence provided by different scholars on such rationales. These theoretical considerations can be extended also to the new risk management practices such as enterprise risk management. Based on modern financial theory’s assumption that markets are perfectly efficient, organizations should not implement risk management practices since they cannot contribute to add firm value. However, in the presence of market imperfections, risk management, stabilizing firm’s earnings, can benefit companies in the following manners: reducing transaction costs especially the expected costs of bankruptcy, lowering corporate taxes, aligning financing and investment policies and reducing costs associated with agency problems and asymmetric information.

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