Barra Grows Despite Staff Losses

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Berkeley, Calif.-based risk software vendor Barra has grown since its acquisition by index provider Morgan Stanley Capital International last year (IMD, April 12, 2004), officials say, despite concern among clients at the number of Barra staff who have departed.

Sources say a "significant number" of Barra employees have left of their own accord due to a "culture clash" between the West Coast academic culture of Barra and the more corporate environment of MSCI.

Barra officials will only say th

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