SDA Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
Are you happy with how things are going in society, politics and business?
The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer is at a historical low and indicates that times demand that leaders should behave differently. Take the financial services industry as an example: The global economic decline and the liquidity crisis are often dated to various events, including when BNP Paribas terminated withdrawals from three hedge funds (2007), the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis and the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble, the plummeting of the values of securities tied to U.S. real estate pricing, and the overall damage of financial institutions globally
The reasons for the crisis were manifold: excessive financial leverage (including the use of off-the-balance-sheet financial vehicles), ill-considered acquisitions, diversification based on dubious synergies, flawed risk management and governance systems, as well as problems of vertical and horizontal coordination along the wider banking value network. The economic side effects cascaded globally, impacting the European sovereign debt crisis, which created high levels of household debt, trade imbalances, and record-high unemployment, thus imposing severe austerity measures. In the financial industry, many banks have lost more than 90% of their share price, scores of banks were foreclosed, and of those that survived, many have yet to fully recover. Leggi tutto →