Investment Bank Reputation and 'Star' Cultures

Chen, Zhaohui, Morrison, Alan and Wilhelm, William (2014) Investment Bank Reputation and 'Star' Cultures. Review of Corporate Finance Studies, 2 (2). pp. 129-153.


We develop a model in which individual and institutional reputation concerns conflict with one another to study why investment bank reputation concerns may have diminished in recent years. Unproven but talented bankers have incentive to signal their ability through actions that may or may not best serve their clients. In the spirit of Kreps (1990), we treat the bank as a hierarchical firm whose only asset is its institutional reputation for curbing behavior that is suboptimal for the client. The conflict between individual and institutional reputation concerns is more likely to resolve in favor of institutional reputation when firms recruit only the most talented people, and less so when unique ability is especially valuable. We discuss how technological change has contributed to a “star” culture that is unfavorable toward preservation of institutional reputation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Trust, reputation, financial institution, professional services firms, star culture, finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 08:24
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 15:40
Funders: N/A

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