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1st Edition

Political Risk Intelligence for Business Operations in Complex Environments

  • Available for pre-order on May 29, 2023. Item will ship after June 19, 2023
ISBN 9780367710613
June 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
456 Pages 135 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Macro-level dynamics and modelling are well represented in the mainstream political risk literature. However, not many writings on the subject get their hands dirty in terms of revealing the hard, nuanced and practical work behind knowing what the issues might be for a specific foreign operation in a sensitive or volatile context, and how to plan for them.

Political Risk Intelligence: For Business Operations in Complex Environments provides international managers, and by extension their organisations, with a foundational understanding of political risk intelligence for on-the-ground operations in complex environments. This means having a fluid grasp of what political risk means and why it matters in the organisation’s context, and how relevant intelligence can be gathered and analysed to inform decisions and planning towards an operation’s socio-political resilience. The book explains:

  • What political risk means and how it manifests in complex environments
  • Political environment and scenario analysis
  • Making sense of stakeholder attitudes and relationships
  • Political risk management planning
  • Threat assessment and tactical analyses
  • Intelligence management and quality control
  • The political risk significance of company ethics and attitudes

Rather than being bound by conventional notions of risk, the book emphasises the dynamic relationship between a foreign operation and its host environment and milieu as a source of both challenges, and of opportunities to manage them. Concepts, frameworks and practices are rounded out with real-world examples and relevant lessons from the author’s experience as a political risk consultant.

Table of Contents

Part I. Core Concepts
Chapter 1. Political Risk
Chapter 2 Complex Environments
Chapter 3. Country Operations
Chapter 4. Introduction to Intelligence

Part II. The Baseline Intelligence Exercise
Chapter 5. Baseline Intelligence Exercise Overview
Chapter 6. Context and Focus
Chapter 7. Terrain Analysis
Chapter 8. Stakeholder Analysis
Chapter 9. Political Risk Management Planning
Chapter 10. Scenario Analysis Scoping
Chapter 11. Supplementary Intelligence Exercises

Part III. The Practice of Intelligence
Chapter 12. Intelligence Management
Chapter 13. Intelligence Sources
Chapter 14. Intelligence Quality Pitfalls and Remedies

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Robert McKellar is an independent political risk consultant. He holds an MA in political science from Canada and a Master of International Business from France, and studied Arabic in Tunisia for a year. Robert’s political risk career began with periodic freelance assignments in the 1990s. He worked as an international strategic marketing consultant and with established risk advisories before creating his independent practice. Robert has conducted advisory, training and assessment cases for business and NGO clients, and has been involved with security sector reform projects in post-conflict environments. He has fieldwork experience in several regions, but particularly North Africa and the Middle East. Robert is the author of A Short Guide to Political Risk (2010) and the chapter on political risk in The Risk Management Handbook (ed. David Hillson, 2016).