Abstract: The Corporate Scenography of Finance
If “all the world’s a stage,” then along with every one in the world being a player, every thing in the world is part of the production. This certainly applies to the professional practice—or “performance”—of finance. Although numerous disciplines study the effects of what we can call the production design, that is, the scenery, the set, the props, the costumes, the lighting, and the sound for the world stage, such studies are rarely done in the context of the theatrical metaphor, that is, in the context of the quotidian performances of everyone everywhere. One might say that this production design not only supports but also shapes these performances and their audiences through the creation of an “atmosphere”. Finance professionals do indeed perform, and while their performances have been studied in depth, the atmospheres for those performances created through architecture and interior design have largely not been. From ancient Mesopotamia to the contemporary Deutsche Börse, the stages upon which finance is performed have mattered.
Professor Skip McGoun
After a BS in Biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, an MBA from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, six years as an officer at the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, and a PhD in International Business from Indiana University, Elton G. (Skip) McGoun joined Bucknell University, where he has worked for thirty years, the past sixteen of which as the William H. Dunkak Professor of Finance. During that time, he has published a number of books and articles and made numerous university and conference presentations on the history, philosophy, and culture of finance and assorted other topics. He co-founded a series of conferences on Alternative Perspectives on Finance, serves as Area Chair of Vehicle Culture for the Popular Culture Association, and regularly teaches at the Economics Faculty of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and the University of Donja Gorica in Montenegro.
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