Impact of Risk Management in Local Government: An Examination of the Effectiveness of Risk Management in Minimizing Governmental Cost and Liability

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies


Leadership & Organizations


Sam Conn


Disaster Impact; Liability; Local Government; Risk Management


In this capstone project the author utilized qualitative research to demonstrate that implementing specific risk management processes for local government organizations can reduce liability and cost, if correctly implemented. Common obstacles to local governments, such as budget constraints, staffing and executive buy-in of risk management processes were examined in the study. These obstacles often restrict local governments from implementing risk management programs, or using their current programs efficiently. Risk management planning generally involves the knowledge of an organization being properly insured, the ability to track accountability, the assessment and handling of natural disasters, and the management of costs associated with risk. The author provides useful results from the study to organizations involved in establishing or managing a risk management program.

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