This timely book answers complex and perplexing questions raised by Wall Street's role in the financial crisis. What are the economic and moral connections between Wall Street and the overall economy? How did we arrive at this point in history where our most powerful financial institutions thwart rather than promote free markets, prosperity and even social cohesion? Can the fractured relationship between Wall Street and Main Street be repaired? Wall Street Values chronicles the transformation of Wall Street's business model from serving clients to proprietary trading and explains how this shift undermined the ethical foundations of the modern financial industry. Michael A. Santoro and Ronald J. Strauss argue that post-millennial Wall Street is not only 'too big to fail' but also a threat to the economy even when it succeeds.
Michael A. Santoro is a Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, where he has taught since 1996. Professor Santoro's books include China 2020: How Western Business Can - and Should - Influence Social and Political Change in the Coming Decade (2010), Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Cambridge University Press, 2005, co-edited with Thomas M. Gorrie) and Profits and Principles: Global Capitalism and Human Rights in China (2000). A frequent commentator in the mainstream media on business ethics, he holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University. Ronald J. Strauss is an Assistant Professor at the School of Business, Montclair State University. His research and teaching focuses on business and accounting ethics in light of the global financial crisis. Prior to joining academia, Dr Strauss worked in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years and is a CPA in New York State. He holds a PhD in Management from Rutgers University.
Part I. Financial Crisis Background and Theoretical Framework: 1. A financial, governmental, and moral crisis; 2. Does Wall Street have any responsibility to society?: Wall Street and economic prosperity; Part II. Wall Street Business Model, Regulation, and Values in Transition: 3. The gathering storm: government missteps and inattentiveness contribute to the financial crisis; 4. From financial services to proprietary trading: the transformation of Wall Street's business model; 5. Secrets and lies: Goldman Sachs and the death of the honest broker; Part III. Policy Recommendations and Sustainable Values for Wall Street in the Twenty-First Century: 6. Wall Street regulation for the twenty-first century; 7. Wall Street values for the twenty-first century.
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