Technological Innovation in Retail Finance: International Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, J. Carles Maixé-Altés, Paul Thomes

Routledge
Published July 27, 2012
Reference - 320 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415654364 - CAT# Y144067
Series: Routledge International Studies in Business History

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Summary

This edited volume offers a new and original approach to the study of technological change in retail finance. Documenting developments in the US alongside case studies from  Mexico and Europe, Technological Innovation in Retail Finance addresses the variety of financial institutions that populated the markets for retail finance. It offers a massive research base reflecting not only breadth of contributor interests, but also a unity of purpose that comes from several workshops and comments on each other's work.

Technological innovation had a major role in the shaping and developing of administrative procedures, routines, and capabilities in organizations offering retail financial services. Indeed, with the exception of contemporary case studies for the UK, the current ‘state of the art’ in the study of the computerization of financial services from an historical perspective is overwhelmingly focused on developments in the USA. This volume overcomes the usual bias towards the so called ‘Atlantic continuity’ in the understanding of technological change related to applications of information and telecommunication technologies (ICT) by offering a number of sources of distinctiveness. It shows when and how technological change altered the competitive intensity in the markets for retail finance.

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