Personalities of risk/reward: Human factors of risk/reward and culture

Michael Mainelli (Z/Yen Limited, 5‐7 St Helen’s Place, London EC3A 6AU, UK; tel: +44 (0)20 7562 9562; e‐mail:

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Publication date: 1 December 2004


There is a gap linking organisational risk profiles to real people. Yet people are core to all risk/reward decisions, both at an organisational and a personal level. If an organisation is the aggregate of the decisions made by its people, how can aggregation be carried out sensibly; how can concordance between the organisational risk/reward profile and its people’s be ensured; what tools might help? The paper concludes with suggestions for areas of potentially fruitful research into how personal risk/reward profiles can be assessed and analysed to inform organisational risk/reward decisions.



Mainelli, M. (2004), "Personalities of risk/reward: Human factors of risk/reward and culture", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 340-350.

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