Can you imagine a more dreary subject than
regulatory risk leadership and management?
Enterprises in the business of reducing the cost of the secondary purpose of the academy need to brighten things up a bit. Reducing cost to build and operate public assets is never as glamorous as making money; a feature of the consumer finance sector that insurance companies have managed with lighthearted campaigns. AFLAC uses a duck. GEICO uses a caveman and a lizard. Progressive Insurance uses a lady in white.
With publicly owned assets, however, the price signaling is largely hidden–except in cases of catastrophic cost overrun stories that make their way to headlines. It is more often the case that price signals are conveyed into material and labor costs of construction project bid tabs or facility O&M recharge rates back to academic units which then find their way into the cost sheets of federally-sponsored research. Pretty dreary stuff for most people.
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