The 2024 Cambridge-McKinsey Risk Prize competition is now open.
An award will be made for the best submission on risk management by a current postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge who are enrolled in their course on the submission date of the Risk Prize.
The winner and two honourable mentions will be announced in early June 2024. The winner will be awarded a prize of £3,000 at the Centre for Risk Studies’ 2024 annual Risk Summit. The prize award ceremony will be at a plenary session attended by finance, industry and academic delegates. Judges will include members of McKinsey’s Global Risk Practice and members of the Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School.
How to apply
Entries should be in the form of an illustrated document no longer than ten pages, including appendices and references. Exhibits, tables of data, etc, are encouraged. The subject matter should be broadly related to risk management including; governance, risk in strategy, risk modelling, risk metrics, or risk as a general subject. Potential subjects include regulation, corporations, global strategy and financial institutions. Beyond framing of risk, some attention to management of or response to risk is expected.
Entrants are encouraged to view McKinsey’s latest thinking on risk.
The prize is open to all postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge who are enrolled in their course on the submission date of the Risk Prize. Essays must be sole authored, ie by the entrant. Entrants may submit essays for the Risk Prize which draw on their course projects or other research, sole authored or collaborative, and should reference such work accordingly. When using existing work, it is important to rewrite it so that your essay respects the broader aims of the Risk Prize. The judges will take into consideration the originality of essays.
Both pdf and doc documents should be in line with the submission process and deadline:
- Entries must be submitted as a single document in pdf format by 23:29 on Tuesday 02 April 2024.
- Please download the following Entry and Declarations form and paste directly into the front of your essay prior to submittal.
Getting started on your risk essay
The subject of your essay should be broadly related to risk management including governance, risk in strategy, risk modelling, risk metrics, or risk as a general subject. Potential subjects include regulation, corporations, global strategy and financial institutions.
This template is intended to help you develop your essay. It is suitable for a case study of either an organisation or an industry/sector. Whether you use it is entirely optional; it isn’t part of the submission for the Risk Prize. If you have a different style of essay in mind, that’s great – “follow your nose”!
This template will speak to an organisation or industry/sector, addressing questions such as:
- How does it recognise risk and uncertainty?
- How does it incorporate macro-level risk analysis into its management processes (including consideration of stakeholders, strategic decisions and governance)?
- How does it compare to either industry peers or other sectors?
- How are these aspects changing over time?
You are encouraged to make use of your own experience, experience from practitioners or documents from organisation that you may paraphrase or quote, and the broad spectrum of information in any form that can be referenced: hard copy, web-based, news and analysis, social media etc. We suggest using the Harvard Referencing System which is well documented on the web.
For development of your essay, a starting point is to fill in details below wherever text in bold appears:
Risk Management for: company or sector
Essay plan (200 words max – if you can express this as a “story” in a few bullet points, then your subsequent job will be easier: tell and explain your story through evidence.)
- What attracts you to this firm/sector?
- Highlight the issue or problem
- Describe the approach to solving it
- Give a clear take-away/implications for management
Include information on data sources as per below:
- Web: relevant docs on company website, news articles
- If focus is a single firm: name of comparator firm(s) (in same or other sector)
- If focus is a sector: name of specific firms you might use as illustrations
- Name of comparator sector(s)
- Industry bodies: name of industry bodies, websites, and what kind of information you hope to find
- Practitioners you will consult: names, employers, job titles, relevant areas of expertise
- Personal experience: past employer(s), job title(s), relevant areas of expertise
- Practitioner papers and books: specific sources beyond the course references
Submissions for the 2024 Cambridge McKinsey Risk Prize will be accepted from 01 March 2024 until the closing date Tuesday 02 April 2024 at 23:59.
Please send your essay to [email protected].