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Digital Competition in Financial Services (Coursera)

Welcome to Digital Transformation Strategy! As you probably know, this is the first course in a three part specialization focused on the digital transformation of finance. We’ll aim to bring you insights about how digitalization intersects with finance, culled from one of the world’s top regions for digital innovation. I’m excited to have you in the class and look forward to helping you learn more about this important topic.

This course should take about four weeks to complete. You can check out the recommended course schedule below to see a quick overview of the lessons and assignments you’ll complete each week.

By the time you finish this course, you’ll have mastered the transformational forces of digitalization and the new competitive dynamics it gives rise to, learned from leading financial companies and seen inspirational examples from the digital masters. You’ll be introduced to the Capstone Project for the specialization and have a chance to form some preliminary solutions for a financial company seeking a new strategy for the digital age of finance.

Good luck as you get started. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Course 1 of 4 in the Digital Transformation in Financial Services Specialization

Syllabus

WEEK 1

Digital Competition in Financial Services

Welcome to Digital Competition in Financial Services! We’re excited to have you in the class and look forward to helping you learn more about this important topic. This course should take four weeks to complete. You can check out the recommended course schedule below to see a quick overview of the lessons and assignments you will complete each week. By the time you finish this course, you will have mastered important concepts needed to understand the transformation, learned from best practice in digital industries, and seen how firms in financial services are embracing the new rules of competition. You will be introduced to the Capstone Project for the specialization and have a chance to form some preliminary solutions for a financial service company that is re-inventing itself to compete in finance as a digital industry. Good luck as you get started. We look forward to seeing you in class!

The digital transformation

The digital transformation is radically rewriting the rules of competition in the financial service industries. In this module, we are exploring the forces shaping the new competitive dynamics: product and service digitization, changing customer demands and new regulations. Together, these forces give rise to completely new market structures that force organizations to compete in new ways.

Graded: Week 1 assessment

WEEK 2

Digital platforms

At the heart of the digital transformation rests an increased orientation towards digitally enabled platform-based business models. In this module, we cover how firms compete with platforms and how platforms change the dynamics of affected industries. We explore the workings of the platform, including how to establish a platform core for others to build on and how to manage the relationship to 3rd party developers. We contextualize the ideas behind digital platform thinking using examples both from financial service companies and from the digital giants that excel in platform-based businesses.

Graded: Week 2 assessment

WEEK 3

Digital ecosystems

In this module, we introduce the business ecosystem metaphor as a way to think of and model the increasingly complex relationships between actors in the digital financial service industries. We elaborate on how to deal with relational tensions internally and towards externally. We also address how digital technology strategies become inseparable from business strategy in the digital era.

Graded: Week 3 assessment

WEEK 4

Capstone project: How open is open enough?

Graded: What should Saxo Bank do, and why?

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