This Executive Forum with Professor Malcolm K. Sparrow examines the role of the “Professional Regulator”, focusing on the practical and operational challenges which are common across regulatory enforcement, compliance or disciplinary functions of government, regardless of the specific industries being regulated.
Regulatory scholarship has traditionally paid much more attention to regulatory policy (the content of the law) than to regulatory practice. This workshop seeks to redress that imbalance. Professor Sparrow has worked closely with professional regulators for more than 25 years, focusing on the strategic and operational dilemmas that are distinctive to harm-reduction or risk-control tasks of government (as distinct from “customer service” roles), which may involve the use of coercive power and associated discretion.
Key themes to be addressed
- What does it mean to be “risk-based” in enforcement, regulatory or compliance roles?
- What would it take to institutionalise an operational risk-management or “harm-reduction” approach as a framework for carrying out tasks and reporting accomplishments?
- How do we measure an agency’s contributions to risk reduction?
- What is regulatory craftsmanship and how might we as an agency deliver it?
- What is the relationship between enforcement discretion and effective risk control?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of alternative regulatory structures, including prescriptive regulation, performance-based regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation?
- What types of risks (“wicked problems”) present special challenges for regulatory operations and how can those challenges best be met?
Guided by Professor Sparrow, you will come away with a heightened appreciation of the importance and complexity of the role of the Professional Regulator. You will understand the variety of pressures currently acting on regulatory, enforcement, and security agencies around the world, and the various adaptations available as you strive to enhance your effectiveness as a regulator.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for upper level regulatory and enforcement practitioners, for members of professional boards with oversight responsibilities (e.g. medical boards), and for politicians with regulatory portfolios.
Attend to learn:
- What it means to be “risk-based” in enforcement, regulatory & compliance roles
- Regulatory craftsmanship & how to deliver it
- The harm-reduction approach as a framework for carrying out tasks
- How to measure your agency’s contributions to risk reduction
- Assessing alternative regulatory structures
- Tackling “wicked problems” that present special challenges for regulators
Malcolm K. Sparrow is a leading international expert in regulatory and enforcement strategy, security and risk control. He is the Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”
He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management.
He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.
What People Are Saying
“Malcolm was exceptionally well informed and knowledgeable. He has added so much more depth and texture to my understanding of regulatory practise. A true master of the profession, I came away thoroughly inspired!”Assistant Director, Fair Work Ombudsman
“Professor Sparrow delivers compelling insights in a compelling, insightful and memorable way. Professor Sparrow managed the room like a true professional and brought the best out of all participants. A pleasure to spend two days with him.”Principal Financial Analyst, Department of Treasury NSW
“Professor Sparrow is an engaging and entertaining presenter and his methods make what could be a dry topic very interesting. He uses great practical examples to reinforce the principles and get participants involved. I really enjoyed the two days.”Project Manager - Compliance, Commerce Commission NZ
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