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The (She) Wolf of Wall Street: Myth or Reality

Sheerin, Corina (2015) The (She) Wolf of Wall Street: Myth or Reality. Accounting, Finance & Governance Review, 22 (2). pp. 19-46. ISSN 2009-8766

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The recent release of the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ movie has reignited interest in the extreme lifestyle and behaviours of Wall Street executives. The movie portrays life in ‘Front Office’ Investment Management as one characterised by excess, and those who succeed in the sector as assertive, driven individuals who all happen to be male. Using the lens of gender, this research examines, within an Irish context, what perceptions and beliefs are held among potential entrants to the sector regarding the personality traits necessary to survive and succeed. Subsequently, the influence, if any, of experience of working in the sector is explored for both men and women. The research makes an important contribution to existing literature by exploring whether the ‘wolfish’ characteristics deemed essential for survival in the hegemonic-masculine Investment Management environment have led women to believe they will never fit within this culture and as such opt out. Findings indicated that gender differences were apparent among potential entrants to the sector with women ranking assertiveness, confidence and the ability to network more highly than their male peers. Experience of working in the sector did not affect the views of women. For men working in the sector less importance was placed on factors such as confidence, personal initiative and communication skills when compared with male peers with no experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Investment > Investment Companies. Investment Trusts. Mutual Funds.
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 13:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 10:20

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