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Effective Risk Management Tool: Bow Tie Analysis

22/11/2016 - Bow Tie Analysis Risk Management ERM KRIs

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Protecht loves Bow Ties, both formal and informal!  Bow Tie analysis has been around for longer than you might think. 

While some industries including oil, gas and mining have been using the bow tie consistently for years, at a broader level it appears that other industries, such as financial services, are also now realising the value of this simple yet effective risk management technique.

What does the bow tie do? 

Bow tie analysis provides a tool to identify and map out the different components of risk including root cause, risk events, risk impacts and controls. 

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What are the benefits of using bow tie analysis as a risk management tool?

  • Root cause analysis – finding out the real reason why an incident occurred or a risk could happen
  • Aligning and understanding impacts which the risk may be associated with
  • Identifying and mapping the linkages between causes and impacts
  • Linking controls to the stage of the risk to which it relates

Bow tie analysis can be used to understand and analyse risk incidents that have happened as well as better understand risk those that have not yet happened. As a result it can be used for many aspects of your risk management framework including:

  • Incident Management
  • Risk and control self assessment
  • Scenario analysis and stress testing
  • Identifying and mapping key risk indicators
  • Assisting in control evaluation and controls assurance

If you would like to start using the bow tie as an integral part of your risk management framework we have created an ebook which you can click on the image below to download.

Bow Tie Risk Tool eBook

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