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The social construction of risk: evidence from UK banks

Roberts, D. and Salifu, E. ORCID: (2023) The social construction of risk: evidence from UK banks. Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal, 18 (2). ISSN 2550-1631

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This research presents empirical evidence of the perceptions of risk in UK operating banks and how these perceptions influence risk processes at these institutions. We use social constructivism to understand the views of UK managers in the banking industry. The study finds that there is a divide in risk perception among risk managers in UK operating banks. Such a divide is crucial in explaining the differences in risk approach and risk processes in the banking industry. The discussion presented is based on the results of 25 semi-structured interviews. Two distinct characterizations of risk emerge from the data. One perceives risk as a calculable, measurable construct that can be managed, controlled and verified. The other conceives risk as a mixture of mathematical numerics and social ideals that engages an understanding of and appreciation for the concept. Each viewpoint represents an opportunity to fathom risk in its own context, contributing to the critical debate on risk management. The extent to which social factors influence risk decisions varies among banking institutions.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:112901
Publisher:Universiti Teknologi Mara

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