This course “FinTech Disruptive Innovation: Implications for Society” help you understand how disruptive innovations create opportunity in finance industry and its impact to society especially your career. You would be able to examine and analyse how FinTech innovations would affect companies that relates to FinTech services and how it might affect your career in finance.
You will learn about how peer to peer lending disrupt finance industry in different countries, the diversity of impact by FinTech in the comparison of East vs West, Big firms vs Small firms, and different generations etc., how to predict FinTech trends in different markets, and finally what you should do to pursue your career and secure your position in FinTech industry.
Evolution vs Revolution
In this module, we will explore the nature of evolutionary versus revolutionary innovations and business transformations. Innovation disruption as a popular business concept will be examined in the context of the social and economic transformations enabled by FinTech innovations. A case example of peer to peer lending will be used to illustrate and explore these issues in a FinTech context.
Diversity of Impact
FinTech innovations are not uniform in their impact on and adoption by different participants in the global economy. Differences in adoption, attitudes, and capabilities will be explored based on country, size, age, and access to capital or technology in an effort to better understand the likely pace of adoption and transformation that will result from FinTech innovations.
Predicting the Future of FinTech
Predicting the future is easy, but being right in what you are predicting is hard. One challenge in regard to understanding the impact of change in the future is that the pace of change is often more important than the eventual nature of market evolution. If change is fast, large established firms are likely to be disrupted and face new competitors that will challenge prior industry structures. When change is slower, or more evolutionary in nature, large firms have time to adapt and thrive in spite of change (although it still may be hard to change culture, even if the changes are slow). In this module, we will examine both the evolution of FinTech markets and capabilities, and the likely pace of changes.
Implications for Careers
For many learners, the most important part of this course is going to be "so how will this affect me?" In this module, we will discuss and examine implications for both firms and individuals working in these types of firms for their future careers. Some conclusions might be unexpected, such as the risk-adjusted rewards for employees of large, innovative firms might be higher than the average returns in society for smaller startup employees (the founders might get rich, but employees of small firms do not always share in these riches). While it might be good to stay with a large financial services firm that is investing in and adapting to changes in the financial services industry, the skills that are needed to be successful in any career in financial services are likely to change in the future, and employees who are willing to invest in developing new skills and talents are more likely to success in the future.
Peer-graded Final Project
This final project is designed to help you examine your own firm and your own career in the context of FinTech market innovations, and to develop a plan for improving your future career prospects and options.