Post Graduate Programme, MBA, BBA.
On 27 June 2011, Abhyudaya Bank, a leading urban cooperative bank, opened its 101 new branch at Diva, which is on the outskirts of Mumbai city in India. Diva area is populated but has less number of bank branches. The bank planned to surpass its earlier record of customer acquisition in branches which were newly opened at Marve Link Road and Jogeshwari in Mumbai. According to Mr Morye, Managing Director, Abhyudaya Bank, “With the expanding horizons, continuous developments and competition, the bank proposes to become full-fledged financial service provider, fulfilling requirements of customers and other stakeholders by providing all allied services, as permitted by the regulatory authorities. The Bank has adopted advanced technology for providing faster and convenient services to clients. These major long term proposals will enable the bank to increase its market share and better fulfillment of expectations of all the stakeholders.” The case introduces the structure of urban cooperative banks of which Abhyudaya Cooperative Bank is a part. The case provides the key highlights of the bank and discusses the catalyst role of planning and marketing department for branches to achieve its target and how the bank implemented unique and differentiated strategy involving employees of the banks. Employees form an important asset for banks, and banks need to utilize their potential in creating long-term and sustainable relationships with customers. The case examines how the branch can benefit from detail area-wise planning capturing the potential. Branch area planning is a unique exercise covering the branch potential analysis and a new branch manager must utilize it for acquiring higher number of customers. Regardless of the branching, a bank seeking to expand its branch operations faces a number of important decisions. As the area develops, a bank branch decides to take up appropriate strategy with an objective to move its base of operations to attract new customers in a new area and thereafter maintain its existing ones.
Expected learning outcomes
The case is suitable for students pursuing a post-graduate course in bank marketing, banking postgraduate and MBA course in strategic management and marketing management. The case presents an opportunity to assess the strategy adopted by the bank for new branch launch and evolving role by a marketing function in a bank.
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