Modernization practices and Operating Models: An Empirical Study on a Retail Bank in Sri Lanka

Published: Sep 5, 2022


Purpose: The purpose of this research is to investigate how modernization practices adopt concerning operating models, to comprehend how a retail bank has responded to such transformations, and to investigate the challenges in executing modernization strategies in a Sri Lankan local bank.

Research methodology: This study was conducted according to a qualitative single-case study at one leading licensed-commercial bank in Sri Lanka. Data was gathered from semi-structured interviews, direct observations, and archival documents.

Results: The findings revealed that unprecedented changes in customer behavior, fierce competition, and capitalizing on capabilities for surviving a dynamic operational landscape were the factors that led a bank to adopt modernization.

Limitations: As the study narrowed down to one leading retail bank, it does not cover modernization initiatives offered within the other services portfolio in the banking industry.

Contribution: The findings assist professionals to understand the need for modernization of a retail bank’s operating model and thereby formulate strategies in order to capture the benefits of such a transformation.

1. Modernization
2. Retail-Bank
3. Institutional Theory
4. Operating System
1 . S M Chaturika Seneviratne
2 . Sandani Gunawardane
How to Cite
Seneviratne, S. M. C. ., & Gunawardane, S. (2022). Modernization practices and Operating Models: An Empirical Study on a Retail Bank in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Financial, Accounting, and Management, 4(2), 183–198.


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S M Chaturika Seneviratne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka



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