Assessment task details and instructions
You are required to answer all these three questions. All reading material is available in the list of readings. You can find in bracketsthe weight allocated to each answer and a suggestion for word count.
1.Read the Greater Manchester FinTech Ecosystem Report 2020. Identify and discuss the key arguments in the “Availability of Talent” chapter and explain what “talent shortage” means in management practice. How is the talent shortage being tackled by the ecosystem in the North West of England?
You are expected to provide at least two examples from real actions taken to improve access to work in FinTechin the North West. You are expected to use
1)material fromthe course,
2) your own research and
3) your experiences and other modules in the programme. [25%, 500 words]
2.Provide two examples of digital disruption in the banking industry. You are expected to give evidence of the effect of the disruptorsyou have chosen on better value for clients.
Then,answer the following two questions:
2.1 Discuss the complex challenges traditional financial institutions face as they digitally transform into nimble, digitally-enabled operations and analyse how are incumbents reacting to disruptors.
2.2 How are security and ethical compliances being addressed bythedisruptorsand the incumbentsin the examples?
Note: you should evaluate the amount of information available before deciding which examples to use. Published company accounts and websites couldbe a starting pointto be complemented by daily journalssuch as FT, the Economist, or other news agencies suchas Bloombergs or Reuters. It is convenient to triangulate the information.[40%, 1500 words]
3.Discuss critically your appreciation of the societal impact of FinTech developments and expansionin the context of Sustainable Finance, with a focus on Bitcoin. Isthis topic important in contemporary business?
Your views should be supported by academic literature. You should read the following documentsand comment on them.
a) Read section 3.4 “The social Value of FinTech” in Erturk, I., & Zammit-Lucia, J. (2020, Dec 1). Building Digital Finance in Europe: FinTech for Social Value. Radix Centre for Business, Politics and Society.
Read section 74 and 75 “Emerging trends and policy issues” in IMF World Bank Group, (2019, May 17) Fintech: the experience so far. You are expected tocarry out further research on the topic and reference any papers that you find relevant. [35%, 1000 words
Here is the specific reading list. The specific parts are in the assignment brief. Ensure you elaborate on the reading and stick to it with your own understanding cohered.
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