Executive Perspectives on Top Risks 2018

Executive Perspectives on Top Risks 2018

Protiviti Australia

Key Issues Being Discussed in the Boardroom and C-Suite

Technological advancements. Disruptive innovations threatening core business models. Recurring natural disasters with catastrophic impact. Soaring equity markets. Turnover of leadership in key political positions. Potential changes in interest rates. Cyber breaches on a massive scale. Terrorism. Elections in Europe. Threats of nuclear engagement. The world is changing before our eyes, say board members and C-suite executives around the globe. Not long ago, regulatory scrutiny and economic conditions topped their list of risk issues. Today their chief issues include disruptive innovation, digitalisation, organisational resistance to change, cyber threats and corporate culture.

Expectations of key stakeholders regarding the need for greater transparency about the nature and magnitude of risks undertaken in executing an organisation’s corporate strategy continue to be high.

Among the many highlights in this year’s results:.

  • Organisations have a greater focus on the risks associated with the rapid speed of disruptive innovations and dramatic changes that new technologies may have.
  • Digital- and culture-related areas are more prevalent risk issues for boards and executives.


Executive Summary


Key Findings

  • Survey respondents indicate that the overall global business context is slightly less risky in 2018 relative to the two prior years, with respondents in all regions of the world sensing a slight reduction in the magnitude and severity of risks on the horizon in 2018 related to 2017. 
  • Respondents indicate that they are likely to devote additional time or resources to risk identification and management over the next 12 months.
  • While respondents indicated slightly less concern about the overall magnitude and severity or risks for 2018 relative to the two prior years, there are noticeable shifts in what constitutes the top 10 risks for 2018 relative to last year. 



Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2018 Infographic