United Grain Growers Limited (a)

Harvard Business School Case No.: 201-015; Teaching Note No.: 204-124

Posted: 9 Dec 2004

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Joshua Musher

Harvard Business School

Peter Tufano

University of Oxford - Said Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: February 27, 2001

Abstract

SUBJECT AREAS: Agribusiness, Business processes, Canada, Competitive strategy, Corporate strategy, Insurance, Managerial economics, Managerial skills, Operations management, Quantitative analysis, Risk assessment, Risk management, Service industry

CASE SETTING: Winnipeg, Canada; agriculture; $1.8 billion revenues; 1998

United Grain Growers Ltd. (UGG), a Canadian grain distributor, audited its exposure to a number of key risks, especially the impact of weather on grain volumes and operating income. Understanding these risks was crucial because the company was in the midst of a major modernization and diversification program. But though UGG already managed traditional risks through a variety of control processes, what could be done about the biggest risk - the weather?

Teaching Purpose: Designed to discuss fundamental issues of risk management: Why does it make sense for a firm to manage its risks? From where do they arise? How do you measure risk?

Suggested Citation

Musher, Joshua and Tufano, Peter, United Grain Growers Limited (a) (February 27, 2001). Harvard Business School Case No.: 201-015; Teaching Note No.: 204-124. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=632923

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