Margin call: using film to explore behavioural aspects of the financial crisis

Werner, Andrea (2014) Margin call: using film to explore behavioural aspects of the financial crisis. Journal of Business Ethics, 122 (4). pp. 643-654. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to show how the critically acclaimed and award winning film Margin Call may be used in business ethics teaching. Set in a fictional investment bank at the dawn of the financial crisis, the film zooms in on the motivations and decision-making of people who had much to lose from the crash of the hitherto very profitable mortgage-backed securities market. The film offers rich material for analysis of behaviours that contributed to the crisis. The article will set out topics for classroom discussion, including the impact of incentives and power structures, contextual factors that distance people from the consequences of their actions, and considerations of how the banking industry may be transformed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Financial crisis; Film; Teaching; Descriptive business ethics; Rationalisations
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
Item ID: 13684
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Business Ethics. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1781-4
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Depositing User: Andrea Werner
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2014 13:18
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 09:37
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13684

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