Strategic Risk Taking: A Framework for Risk Management

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Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008 - Business & Economics - 388 pages
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In business and investing, risk has traditionally been viewed negatively: investors and companies can lose money due to risk and therefore we typically penalize companies for taking risks. That''s why most books on risk management focus strictly on hedging or mitigating risk.

But the enterprise''s relationship with risk should be far more nuanced. Great companies become great because they seek out and exploit intelligent risks, not because they avoid all risk. Strategic Risk Taking: A Framework for Risk Management is the first book to take this broader view, encompassing both risk hedging at one end of the spectrum and strategic risk taking on the other.

World-renowned financial pioneer Aswath Damodaran-one of BusinessWeek''s top 12 business school professors-is singularly well positioned to take this strategic view. Here, Damodaran helps you separate good risk (opportunities) from bad risk (threats), showing how to utilize the former while protecting yourself against the latter. He introduces powerful financial tools for evaluating risk, and demonstrates how to draw on other disciplines to make these tools even more effective.

Simply put, Damodaran has written the first book that helps you use risk to increase firm value, drive higher growth and returns, and create real competitive advantage.

Risk: the history and the psychology

The non-financial realities you must understand to successfully manage risk

Risk assessment: from the basics to the cutting edge

Risk Adjusted Value, probabilistic approaches, Value at Risk, and more

Utilizing the power of real options

Extending option pricing models to reflect the potential upside of risk exposure

Risk management: the big picture

Integrating traditional finance with corporate strategy-and using risk strategically

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About the Author

Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at NYU''s Stern School of Business, has been profiled in BusinessWeek as one of the United States'' top twelve business school professors. His researchinterests include valuation, portfolio management, and applied corporate finance. He is the author of Damodaran on Valuation; Investment Valuation; The Dark Side of Valuation; Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice; Applied Corporate Finance; and most recently, Investment Fables.

Damodaran has published in The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, and The Review of Financial Studies.

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Beyond Traditional Hedging: How to Use Risk Management Financial Techniques Strategically!

How to determine which risks to ignore, which to protect against, and which to actively exploit

By Aswath Damodaran, leading finance authority and one of BusinessWeek''s top 12 business school professors

For every corporate finance executive, manager, analyst, consultant, researcher, and student

In recent years, risk management has been defined as merely eliminating or reducing

risk exposure. Companies are learning today that is far too narrow and constraining a definition. Risk, exploited judiciously, is absolutely central to business success. In Strategic Risk Taking: A Framework for Risk Management, Aswath Damodaran covers both sides of the risk equation, offering a complete framework for maximizing profit by limiting some risks and exploiting others.

Damodaran presents a thorough and insightful review of the state-of-the-art in risk measurement, hedging, and mitigation. He covers a broad spectrum of risk assessment tools, including risk adjusted value, scenario analysis, decision trees, VAR, and real options. But Damodaran goes far beyond other treatments of the subject, helping you decide when to deliberately increase exposure to certain risks, and clearly assess the potential dangers and payoffs of doing so.


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Too many of the books I have read on risk deal with the subject as something to be avoided. Risk, properly assessed and entered into with open eyes, is essential to business and investing success. In ... Read full review

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Having spent the past three years at University studying insurance, finance and risk management. I having read alot of journals, Aswath Damodaran. Teaches you how and why in everything he writes I have five of his books( covering corporate finance, Investments management and Valutions, etc), Yes they are expensive consindering how many rubbish books out there.
He is good, well researched and practical. If you are academic about the topics he will guide you, If you are practical aiming for the tools he delivers.
Unlike Royal Mail he delivers!!!


CHAPTERS 14 The Economists View of Risk Aversion and the Behavioral Response
Tools and Techniques
The Big Picture

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Aswath Damodaran is a professor of finance and David Margolis teaching fellow at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He teaches the corporate finance and equity valuation courses in the MBA program. He received his MBA and PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management, and applied corporate finance. He has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has written three books on equity valuation (Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, and The Dark Side of Valuation) and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User's Manual). He has coedited a book on investment management with Peter Bernstein (Investment Management) and has written a book on investment philosophies (Investment Philosophies). His newest book on portfolio management is titled Investment Fables and was published in 2004. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984 to 1986, where he received the Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985. He has been at NYU since 1986 and received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2007, and was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (in 1990). He was profiled in Business Week as one of the top 12 business school professors in the United States in 1994.

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