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IT-enabled credit risk modernization: a revolution under the cloak of normality

Scott, Susan V. (1999) IT-enabled credit risk modernization: a revolution under the cloak of normality. Working paper series, 74. Department of Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on IT-enabled credit risk modernisation in commercial retail banking. The empirical material is based upon a longitudinal case study conducted during 1993–1996 using an interpretive approach. It documents the introduction of a leading-edge computer-based decision support system into middle market corporate lending processes in a major UK retail bank. An analysis is constructed against the backcloth of contemporary social theory with the aim of stimulating debate regarding the ethics and politics of corporate risk positions. It is suggested that changes to the definition, assessment and management of credit risk in a major financial services institution, implemented through the introduction of a new technology and enacted in everyday acts of normal consumption, need debating. The paper concludes by asserting that if we turn aside from our responsibility to challenge the epistemological basis of contemporary risk assessment and management we may find that our social, political and economic landscape has changed without our consent.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/informationSystem...
Additional Information: © 1999 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G21 - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 74
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 13:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37871/

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