Books or chapters written by Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

This page presents books or chapters written by Franco and Cesar Oboni in inverse chronological order.

Convergent Leadership-Divergent Exposures

Oboni, F. and Oboni, C.H., 2021. Convergent Leadership-Divergent Exposures: Climate Change, Resilience, Vulnerabilities, and Ethics. Springer Nature.

This book aims, through its chapters, at providing the knowledge to make competent decisions, convince peers or top management to take appropriate action, or beat out the competition for climate adaptation measures including adjustments for design and operations. Topics discussed include business-as-usual vs. divergence; the effects of public pressure on corporate, industrial and government decision making; techniques for gathering the proper information to assess risks and hazards; the importance determining risk tolerance thresholds; the difference between tolerable risks, intolerable ones that benefit from mitigation and those that require strategic shifts; why common practice approaches such as FMEA, and risk matrices are inadequate in today’s world and do not help ensure infrastructural and systemic resilience and sustainability.

Case histories and three complete case studies that can be adapted to any industry or project walk the reader step by step from client request to recommendations and conditions of validity. The ultimate aim is to understand how to reduce risks to tolerable and societally acceptable levels while simultaneously creating sustainable and ethical systems.

Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives

Di Capua, G., Bobrowsky, P.T., Kieffer, S.W. and Palinkas, C., 2021, Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives. Geological Society, London, Special Publications508(1), pp.NP-NP.8

Our chapter is titled: Holistic geoethical slope portfolio risk assessment

Abstract: Landslides of natural and man-made slopes represent hazardous geomorphological processes that contribute to highly variable risks. Their consequences generally include loss of life and infrastructural, environmental and cultural assets damage.
Prioritizing and mitigating slope risks in a sustainable manner, while considering climate change, is related to geoethics, as any misallocation of resources will likely lead to increased risk to the public.
Until recently there was little recognition of the causes and global impacts of human actions. Today, threatdenying
humans can be identified as acting inappropriately and ultimately unethically. Sustainable risk management
and ethical issues should be discussed simultaneously to avoid the ‘discipline silo trap’ and hazardous

This contribution discusses slope risk management at various scales, i.e. how to ensure better allotment of
mitigative funds while complying with sustainability goals and geoethical requirements. In 1987, the World
Commission on Environment and Development published a report (also known as the Brundtland Report
(Brundtland 1987. World Commission on Environment and Development Report)) that defined sustainable
development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to
meet their own needs.

The three case histories discussed in this contribution show how sustainability and ethics can be fostered by
using rational, repeatable, transparent quantitative risk assessment applicable at the local scale as well as on a
large scale.

Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century

What Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World

Tailings dam Management for the twenty-first century. Books written by Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

by Franco Oboni (Author), Cesar Oboni (Author), Henry Brehaut (Contributor)

Hardcover: 291 pages

Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2020 edition (12 Aug. 2019)  At Springer

ISBN-10: 3030194469, ISBN-13: 978-3030194468 On Amazon

Franco Oboni Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century: What Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World


We present a comprehensive approach addressing the need to improve the design of tailings storages, their management and regulation to reduce the risk of such facilities failing. Indeed, the challenge is well documented in the report UNEP and GRID Arendal released in October 2017, entitled “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident”. For instance, the report recommends that “Regulators, industry and communities should adopt a shared, zero-failure objective to tailings storage facilities”. Additionally it identifies several areas where further improvements are required. As a result, the application of cutting-edge risk-assessment methodologies and risk-management practices can contribute to a significant reduction of dam failures through Risk Informed Decision Making. Thus the book focuses on identifying and describing the risk-assessment approaches and risk-management practices that need to be implemented in order to develop a way forward to achieve socially acceptable levels of tailings dam risk.

Global Hot Spots: How Project and Enterprise Risk Management Practices Drive Business Results Around the World (Simmer System Book 4)

by Douglas Brown (Author), Dade Brown (Author), Franco Oboni (Author), Cesar Oboni (Author), Susan Parente (Author), Carl Pritchard (Author), Alexei Sidorenko (Author), Elise Stevens (Author), Ivan Dutra Villarroel (Author), and finally, John A. Williams (Author)

“Yes, but our company/project is different!”
For instance, how many times have we heard that excuse? Indeed, many organizations seem to accept failure rather than make efforts to implement risk informed decision making. As a result they hinder better operational, tactical and strategic planning.

Chapter 8 in Global Hot Spots shows how to foster better ways.

This book isn’t just for risk managers. As a matter of fact, it is about the business implications of risk management and risk informed decision making in tactical and strategic planning. Indeed it shows the successes one can achieve and some of the pitfalls organizations experience when risks are ignored or mismanaged.

The Long Shadow of Human‐Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises

By Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

Geohazards Caused by Human Activity, Prof. Arvin Farid (Ed.), InTech

The Long Shadow of Human‐Generated Geohazards: Risks and Crises

ISBN 978-953-51-2802-1, Print ISBN 978-953-51-2801-4,  November 30, 2016

DOI: 10.5772/66066


We focus on the “damage” side of geohazards (GHZ) rather than on their genesis. Risk assessments oftentimes neglect and oversimplify potential damage evaluations. As a result, the probability or likelihood of an adverse event expresses the risk. Numerous real‐life examples illustrate among other subjects: technical glossary, damages, crises, multidimensional consequences, and finally the definition of risk tolerance. In addition we focus on ethical issues linked to GHZs and their mitigation decisions and finally on possible unintended consequences. The discussion includes the sometimes excessive and lacking perception of risks by the public, corporate, and finally public officers. The root cause of some odd human behaviors like survivor bias is discussed. GHZs cast a long and often misunderstood shadow on human activities, development, and finally survival. By understanding how to model consequences and better evaluating risks and crises, we will alleviate human and environmental suffering and finally foster sustainable development.

Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management

By Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

Improving Sustainability through Reasonable Risk and Crisis Management, a guide to better decisions. Books written by Franco Oboni and Cesar Oboni

ISBN 978-0-9784462-0-8 Switzerland, 2007

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare a risk assessment
  • Select the option of management best suited to you
  • Evaluate and prepare for crises
  • Define acceptable and tolerable risks
  • Make better, sustainable and well documented decisions and finally
  • How other organizations have behaved in the past

Format: soft cover, printed book. Here are the titles of the Sections:

  • Hazards, Crises, Assessments, and Tolerance
  • Examples of Risk Assessment and Their Use
  • Risk and Decision Making and finally
  • Examples of Comparative Risk-Based Decision Making Use

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