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Management of financial market scandals – regulatory and values based approaches

N. Sivakumar (Department of Commerce, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Bangalore, India)


ISSN: 0828-8666

Article publication date: 30 August 2011




The paper aims to discuss the management of financial market scandals using two different approaches – regulatory and values‐based.


The paper discusses the motivations behind financial scandals to occur and then explains in detail both the approaches. The paper first presents the elements of the regulatory approach. Using the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the values‐based approach are delineated. The paper also compares the two approaches and identifies their respective utilities.


While both the regulatory and values based approaches have their own utilities; stressing the values‐based approach helps with preventing financial scandals on a sustainable basis.

Practical implications

The practical implication is that it is necessary to stress the evocation of human values among investors and capital market intermediaries so that scandals can be avoided.

Social implications

The social implication of the paper is that values evocation is very important to tackle the behavioural motivations behind financial scandals. Unless values are evoked, the root causes of financial scandals will not be removed. In such cases, regulation will have only a limited effect.


The paper uses the philosophy and teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to develop value guidelines to prevent financial scandals.



Sivakumar, N. (2011), "Management of financial market scandals – regulatory and values based approaches", Humanomics, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 153-165.



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