Wall Street, Culture, Business School Education, Unethical behavior, financial sector, ethical behavior, dishonesty, honest behavior, organizational culture, ethics in business

Is Wall Street a bad ethical neighborhood?

[This essay was originally posted on the Conflict of Interest Blog]

For many years I taught ethics in the executive MBA program of a New York area business school. Because of the school’s location, the “day job” for many of the students was in the financial services field, and on average they seemed less ethics-focused than did the others.  I did not find this surprising – since for many years my “day job” was as a white collar criminal defense lawyer, and a disproportionate number of my clients were from that same industry.

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