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Information and communication technology: organisational challenges for Italian banks

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Abstract:

Organisational change in the retail banking industry is particularly relevant in a country characterised by the prevalence of small banks and where the number of branches has increased over time, notwithstanding the potential for network rationalisation offered by information and communication technology. This paper examines the impact of technological change on the organisational structure of Italian banks, in terms of the evolution of competencies and the development of new systems for the provision of financial services. We consider organisational changes both at the level of production and at the level of distribution of financial services. The final objective is to understand the main challenges and opportunities stemming from the adoption of ICT by Italian banks, in particular those related to the development of new organisational structures and the introduction of innovative distribution channels.

Keywords: Italy; banking; information and communication technology; organisational change

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0958520042000277810

Affiliations: 1: PhD Student in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University and a research fellow at CESPRI Bocconi University via Sarfatti 25 Milano 20136 Italy +39 02 5836 3397 +39 02 5836 3399, Email: anna.canato@unibocconi.it 2: Lecturer at Bocconi University and a research fellow at CESPRI Bocconi University via Sarfatti 25 Milano 20136 Italy +39 02 5836 3396 +39 02 5836 3399, Email: nicoletta.corrocher@unibocconi.it

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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