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Research on financial innovations: an interdisciplinary review

Mohammad G. Nejad (Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, New York, New York, USA)

International Journal of Bank Marketing

ISSN: 0265-2323

Article publication date: 10 January 2022

Issue publication date: 6 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The financial industry offers a unique setting to study innovations. Financial innovations have fueled the growth of economies, markets and societies. The financial industry has successfully become the breeding ground for innovative services, processes, business models and technologies. This study seeks to provide a holistic view of the literature on financial innovations, synthesize the research findings and offer future directions for research in light of three market developments that are disrupting the industry and opening up a new era for the financial services industry. Disruptions from within and outside the industry offer new generations of radically innovative services. Moreover, new generations of consumers differ from previous generations in their needs and wants and look for innovative ways to handle their financial needs. Finally, significant developments related to financial innovations have emerged in Asia and developing countries.

Design/methodology/approach

This study systematically reviews the academic research literature on financial innovations in two phases. The first phase provides a quantitative review of 546 journal articles published between 1990 and 2018. In the second phase, the study synthesizes the extant research on financial innovations and maps them in five research areas: firms' introduction and adoption of FIs, financial innovation development, the outcomes of financial innovations, regulations and intellectual property, and consumers.

Findings

The analysis found that disciplines differ with regard to the employed research methodologies, the units of analysis, sources of data and the innovations they examined. A positive trend in the number of published articles during this period is observed. However, studies have primarily focused on the USA and Europe and less so on other parts of the world. The literature synthesis further identifies research gaps in the available research that highlight future research opportunities in light of the three market disruptions. The financial services industry is on the brink of a new era due to disruptions from within and outside the industry and the entrance of new generations of consumers. Moreover, the financial industry has successfully become the breeding ground for innovative services, processes and business models. Therefore, financial innovations offer promising opportunities for bridging the gap between research on product and service innovations.

Research limitations/implications

The work provides a holistic and systematic overview of extant research on financial innovations and highlights future research opportunities in light of the three disruptive market developments. It helps researchers take advantage of the opportunities in studying financial innovations while maintaining industry relevance.

Originality/value

The study is the first to review and synthesize the academic research literature on financial innovations across marketing, finance and innovation disciplines. In addition, the study highlights three primary disruptive forces in the financial industry and identifies future research directions in light of these disruptive forces.

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Acknowledgements

Financial support for this research was provided by the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University. The author thanks his research assistants Adam French, Ankur Jaluria, Hugh Lagrotteria, Lexy McCauley, Natalie Malicki, Nazifa Nasim, Kristy Scheurer, Alexis Schweizer, Alexandra Szabo, Yijing Xu, and Ziqiu Yang (listed in alphabetical order) for their help at different stages of this project.

Citation

Nejad, M.G. (2022), "Research on financial innovations: an interdisciplinary review", International Journal of Bank Marketing, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 578-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBM-07-2021-0305

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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