Entrepreneurship & Organization Management

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Evaluation of Risk and Bank Management


Shella Bryan

This article assesses bank management?s perspective on the use and effectiveness of the risk measurement system under Basel II that set capital requirements for banks. These requirements encouraged the use of risk measurement. Semi-structured interviews with various bank managers at Viking Bank (a fictitious name) provide the empirical data for this research. These interviews were conducted after the global financial crisis that led, among other events, to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Viking Bank was an important European bank that embraced Basel II and risk measurement. In its efforts to implement risk measurement, the bank?s management accounting department was reduced and subordinated to the risk measurement department. Risk measurement information became the bank?s primary source of information for some loans. The financial crisis has made us more reluctant to use risk measurement. This was not the case before the crisis hit us. (Senior bank manager, Internal Auditing, Viking Bank)


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