"We Wanted To Maintain Confidence"

Morgan Stanley's Robert Scott discusses buying back stock, the battle to get operations up to speed, and the future of the world's financial districts

When terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, the twin towers' largest tenant, scrambled to locate 2,700 employees who were in the skyscrapers and 1,000 in another building nearby. As of Wednesday, Sept. 19, six employees were still missing. Robert G. Scott, president and chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, recently spoke with BusinessWeek Investment Banking Editor Emily Thornton about the attacks' impact on his company and Wall Street. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:

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