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The IKEA Approach to Risk

Would managing risk be easier and more effective if we adopted the IKEA approach to documenting the risk process, using fewer words, clear illustrations and simple tools?


David Hillson

The Risk Doctor, Risk Doctor & Partners

Dr David Hillson - The Risk Doctor. Global authority on risk, combining …

IKEA is the world's largest furniture retailer, with over 250 stores in 25 countries supplying about 12,000 products. The IKEA catalogue is published every year with 55 editions in 27 languages for 35 countries. Many people will be familiar with the iconic blue and yellow buildings, with a standard internal layout presenting home furnishings in naturalistic settings. IKEA products can be found in millions of homes around the world, characterized by functional design and clean lines.

Most IKEA furniture is designed to be assembled by the consumer, so that people can build the furniture from the components when they get it home. This requires particular attention to the user …



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