Journal article

What were they thinking? Reports from interviews with senior finance executives in the lead-up to the GFC

L Coleman, S Pinder

Applied Financial Economics | Published : 2010

Abstract

The impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on capital markets has demonstrated that corporate stakeholders (including shareholders, lenders and independent board members) need to be far more aware of the decision-making processes followed by corporate executives. Gaining insight into these processes is difficult at any time, yet attempting to uncover (in any meaningful sense) how executives reached critical decisions in the lead-up to the GFC is almost impossible in hindsight. This article overcomes this problem in that it reports the results of interviews conducted with senior Australian finance executives in the lead-up to the GFC. These interviews were designed to elicit granular exp..

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