1st Edition

Responsible Finance and Digitalization Implications and Developments

Edited By Panu Kalmi, Tommi Auvinen, Marko Järvenpää Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The aftermath of the 2008 crisis has substantially increased the regulation of banks and insurance companies and curtailed their risk taking, which has shifted much of the risk to their clients: firms and consumers. At the same time, digitalization has encouraged the entry of new firms combining finance and technological innovation, a phenomenon known as FinTech. The emergence of non-bank financial entities has contributed to the fragmentation of financial services, and also opened up new markets. Furthermore, the growing emphasis on corporate social responsibility has made it increasingly important for financial organizations to care about their public image.

    Drawing together these diverse strands, this book examines how the financial sector is evolving and how the existing actors are adapting to the institutional change and to the challenges from new actors and competitors. It also addresses the issue of how financial organizations are providing fixes to the challenges at the systemic level and how a healthier, more diverse and socially responsible financial sector is beneficial to the operations of the market economy as a whole. While there are books that address each of these issues, and also books that look at organizational diversity, there are few that investigate their interconnectedness.

    Responsible Finance and Digitalization offers a topical overview of the changes that are taking place in the financial sector and how the financial sector itself can contribute to solving global challenges. It equips both students (at MBA and other levels) and practitioners with analytical tools to reflect on this change and to take appropriate action to ensure that their organization can successfully navigate it and create value.


      1. Introduction
        Panu Kalmi, Tommi Auvinen and Marko Järvenpää
      2. Topic I: Organizational structures and mission in banking

      3. Conventional or Alternative? How to Assess the Alternativeness of a Bank
        Silvio Goglio and Ivana Catturani:
      4. Trends in Executive Compensation Across Bank Types
        Shaker Ahmed, Denis Davydov and Sami Vähämaa
      5. Risk Spillover Between Islamic and Conventional Banking Sectors
        Anupam Dutta, Jussi Nikkinen and Timo Rothovius
      6. From Vernacular Accounting to Standardized PMS: Logic Multiplicity in a Cooperative Bank
        Anniina Kinnunen, Marko Järvenpää and Antti Rautiainen
      7. Efficiency vs. Values: Institutional Logics, Situated Rationality and Performance Measurement in a Cooperative Bank
        Marko Järvenpää, Henri Teittinen, Pasi Sajasalo, Tommi Auvinen, Teppo Sintonen and Tuomo Takala
      8. Topic II: Digitalization shaping organizational and market boundaries

      9. Digitalization Transformation in Banking: Customer Preferences, Bank Attitudes and Performance
        Ewa Miklaszewska, Krzysztof Kil and Marcin Idzik
      10. Data Balance Sheet in OP Financial Group
        Mika Ylinen, Antti Myllymäki and Marko Järvenpää
      11. Factors Inhibiting the Adoption Intention of Digital Payment Platform
        Aijaz A. Shaikh, Francisco J. Liebana Cabanillas and Richard Glavee-Geo
      12. Has Crowdfunding’s Potential Been Unleashed in the Baltics?
        Valdone Darskuviene, Julija Kirsiene, Jurgite Malinauskaite and Ausrine Pasvenskiene
      13. Topic III: Regulation in changing financial sector landscape

      14. Investor Protection Strategies in Crowdfunding Regulation: The 4i’s Model
        Marika Salo-Lahti and Vesa Annola
      15. Regulation and Development of Private Equity in Europe
        Matti Turtiainen, Jani Saastamoinen and Niko Suhonen
      16. Financial Institution’s Reporting Requirements and the Criteria for a Good Tax System
        Erkki Kontkanen and Juha Lindgren
      17. Topic IV: Social responsibility in the financial sector

      18. Sustainable and Responsible Investment Funds and Sustainable Transition
        Giovanni Ferri and Mariantoinetta Intonti
      19. Banks and Credit Unions as Providers of Financial Literacy: A Complex Relationship
        Panu Kalmi and Olli-Pekka Ruuskanen
      20. Organizational Identity Construction as a Control Mechanism
        Teppo Sintonen, Tuomo Takala, Pasi Sajasalo, Tommi Auvinen and Marko Järvenpää


    Panu Kalmi (PhD) is a professor of economics at the University of Vaasa, Finland. His main research and teaching interests relate to financial literacy, economic education and banking. He is especially interested in the use of games and other active learning methods in economic education and works with schools to further financial literacy among the youth.

    Tommi Auvinen (PhD) is a senior lecturer and leading researcher in Management and Leadership at the Jyväskylä University, School of Business and Economics (JSBE), Finland, and a docent in narrative leadership research at the University of Lapland. His research focuses on leadership themes, including storytelling and discursive power and strategy-as-practice.

    Marko Järvenpää (PhD) is a professor of accounting at the University of Vaasa, School of Accounting and Finance, Finland. He studies management accounting with qualitative methods. His research focuses on roles of management accountants, management accounting change, performance measurement, sustainability, public sector, data analytics and theoretically on institutional and stakeholder theories.

    "Now that the various forms of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) solutions will be among the most relevant next generation forces in the development of financial intermediation practices, it is of extreme importance to understand the premises of the next steps in this process. Responsible Finance and Digitalization: Implications and Developments gives a coherent and broad-based view on the recent evolution of the financial sector in this respect. It describes how the current market players are adapting to the institutional changes and to the challenge coming from new actors and competitors. It also considers thoroughly the ability of present financial organizations to provide fixes to the challenges at the systemic level and how a healthier, more diverse, and socially responsible financial sector is beneficial to the operations of the market economy as a whole. This book is a must-read reference for scholars and students interested in the characteristics of financial intermediation in the future, especially due to its exceptional coverage of the roles of organizational structures, digitalization, regulation and social responsibility of financial institutions. In many respects, it is relevant to anyone interested in the most recent steps that have led us to the doorsteps of the potential wider out-break of DeFi solutions, too."

    Professor Juha Junttila, University of Jyväskylä, Finland