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Tue 07 May 2019 - 1:00 pm
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Tue 07 May 2019 - 12:00 pm to
Tue 07 May 2019 - 1:00 pm

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Warren Black & Geoff Hurst
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Introduction to Complexity and how it influences Risk Management - Session 2 Register



The fact is our working world is not getting any simpler, only more and more complex.

For most, this increased working complexity can be felt on an almost daily basis. Continually evolving technologies, product trends, consumer behaviours, data sets and stakeholder relationships all contribute to a working world which is growing ever more dynamic, unpredictable and systemically co-dependant.

Building on this observation, basic complexity theory teaches us that as systemic complexity increases, environmental rationality and predictability decreases - so much so, that at the highest levels of complexity there is wild environmental disorder (chaos). In turn, modern day risk professionals are now faced with a particularly ominous challenge; how to effectively control those disruptive phenomena (risks) known to emerge from within highly inter-connected operating systems, experiencing ever increasing frequencies of change, balancing on the edge of chaos. Join us as we collectively aim to tackle the fundamental question; “What qualifies as (scientifically) valid risk management within highly complex, operating environments?”


Members outside of ACT, NSW, VIC & TAS need to adjust times accordingly. 



Warren Black

Warren is an Engineer, Risk Professional and Complex Systems’ Advisor who has particular interest in understanding how the complexity sciences may offer a better means to controlling emergent risks within highly complex, operating systems. Warren consults to industry on how to improve Governance, Risk & Assurance practices so that they may reflect not only the degree of investment at risk, but also the specific complexities in play. Warren is currently engaged in a higher degree in research (PHD) program, whereby he is Investigating a Complex Systems Approach To Controlling Complex Organisational Risks, at the Queensland University of Technology.

Geoff Hurst

Geoff is a well qualified OHS and Risk Engineering professional with expertise in the development of safety and risk management frameworks, embedding & developing effective Health & Safety Management Systems, workplace wellness programs, and implementing workplace cultural change in a variety of settings. Geoff leads the ENGENEOHS Alliance to deliver on safety and risk related projects specific to client needs in the key areas of Engineering, Enterprise, Environment, Or Health & Safety. He is the President - Risk Engineering Society. Geoff delivers the Risk & Due diligence module at Swinburne University and Risk and Hazard Management topics at Federation University (VIOSH) and has a special interest area in dealing with Complex Socio Technical systems.