Anette Mikes

Anette Mikes is Professor of Management Control at HEC Lausanne and the 2017 Laureate of the ACA Prize, awarded by the University of St-Gallen in recognition of her research on risk management and financial governance. She joined HEC Lausanne as Professor of Management Control in August 2014. Previously, she spent seven years at Harvard Business School at the Accounting and Control Unit. She completed her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics in 2005 and worked in the City of London during 2006 and 2007, during the “calm before the storm,” conducting a research project for the Risk Advisory Panel of the British Bankers Association on the role of the Chief Risk Officer. Her work on the evolution, variation, consequences and contextual determinants of risk management has appeared in Management Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and in the Harvard Business Review.

Anette is a pioneer in the field of risk management. While at Harvard Business school, Anette partnered with Professor Robert Kaplan to launch the executive education program “Risk Management for Corporate Leaders.” She has won the prestigious David Solomons Award (“Best Paper in Management Accounting Research”) twice – in 2010 (for her article “Risk Management and Calculative Cultures”), and in 2016 (for her article “How Do Risk Managers Become Influential?”). Her research documentary, “The Kursk Submarine Rescue Mission,” about a manmade disaster, won the Most Outstanding Short Film Award at the Global Risk Forum in Davos in August 2014. This latter project underscores her interest in manmade disasters, and her current research project, “Values at Risk,” focusses on the interface between risk management, strategy and business ethics.

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Risk management pioneer and corporate governance expert Anette Mikes shares her thoughts on the U.K.’s separation from the European Union. Whatever scenario comes to pass, the risks are great. Anette outlines five lessons to be learned from the ongoing Brexit predicament. In their 2018 polemic, “Saving Britain,” senior Labour politician Andrew Adonis and the political scientist Will Hutton pondered Britain’s tortuous path...

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