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The current crisis: who is to blame?

Laurent Mortreuil (SGCIB Capital Markets and Uniapac, Bruxelles Saint‐Gilles, Belgium)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 20 July 2010




This paper seeks to provide an approach to analyze the causes of the current financial crisis. Following classic guidelines of Catholic social thought, it aims to show how personal virtues may have prevented it.


This is a practitioner paper summarizing personal insider experience and reflection.


The current financial crisis illustrates how personal behaviors of all, as well as ambient culture, are to be blamed more than the available instruments or the system. It questions not only the financiers but also each actor of the economy in simple everyday acts.


The paper provides an insider perspective on the financial crisis which looks for practical solutions available without implementing external regulation.



Mortreuil, L. (2010), "The current crisis: who is to blame?", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 29 No. 7/8, pp. 646-651.



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