Complexity to downplay complexity: Implications of ERM logics for the Italian NHS

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The aim of the paper is to investigate COVID-19-related issues currently affecting the Italian Healthcare System and offer causes for reflection on how to deal efficiently with risk management criticalities. Through the lenses of the Quality in Extreme Adversity (QEA) action framework, such reflections benefit from a greater depth of holistic analysis on risk management opportunities and threats towards both renewing and protecting the welfare services of the Italian Healthcare System. The complexity and urgency to overcome the multitude of risks require healthcare organizations to intervene immediately with integrated top-down enterprise-wide approaches of risk management. In such conditions, the adoption of ad hoc shaped ERM models could be the right solution for facing adequately the inefficiencies in pandemic management.

Keywords: Enterprise Risk Management, Italian Healthcare System, COVID-19, Accountability

Authors’ individual contribution: Conceptualization – R.C. and F.M.; Methodology – R.C. and F.M.; Writing – Review and Editing – R.C. and F.M.

Declaration of conflicting interests: The Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

JEL Classification: G3

Received: 16.06.2020
Accepted: 18.08.2020
Published online: 21.08.2020

How to cite this paper: Casciello, R., & Meucci, F. (2020). Complexity to downplay complexity: Implications of ERM logics for the Italian NHS [Special issue]. Corporate Ownership & Control, 17(4), 369-376.