Of course, any risk cannot or should not be managed. The likelihood, practicality and risk-taking by the parties should guide the selection of contractual risks to be addressed. For non-lawyers, some personal attributes are useful, such as a good command of the spoken language, a great memory, tenacity and a strong desire to reveal all contractual risks, whether hidden or visible. While it is important to minimize the potential risks of your contracts, it is also important that you do not miss out on great opportunities for fear of risk. As hockey legend Wayne Gretzky put it: “You`re 100% short of the shots you don`t take.” When a buyer does not collect and implement guidelines from one of the two groups, or otherwise adheres to the contractual risk management standards and practices presented here, the university risks collectively and collectively exposing its academic or administrative unit to significant financial losses. Although Harvard has its own insurance programs, there are certain kinds and parts of losses that Harvard cannot or cannot insure against. With respect to debts arising from a supplier agreement, which have been increased by allowing for less stringent conditions than recommended above, the responsible TUB will absorb the increased financial consequences imposed on the university for the portion of a loss that would have been recoverable by the supplier had existing standards and practices been met. Any ecosystem deficit to support contract management can be a source of risk. A sample of these deficits and their potential risks may include: on the other hand, contractual risks tend to affect the operations, agreements and outcomes of a contract and contract participants. In the case of business-to-trade contracts, it can also cause collateral damage to employees of the companies concerned. To continue with the metaphor mentioned above for equipment maintenance, the contract management support ecosystem is the equivalent of workshop, tools, spare parts and manuals, engineers and so on. Mutual waivers, compensation and compensation clauses are good if both companies are on an equal footing, but SMEs should consider possible risk scenarios for loss/damage/responsibilities.