Research conducted by University of Ulster financial services researcher Mark Durkin into the uptake of Internet-based banking has found that banks are embracing the innovation in order not to be put at a competitive disadvantage - rather than for any sustainable competitive advantage Internet banking might provide in its own right.
The research study conducted with banks in Ireland, Sweden, the UK and the United States, found that managing customer relationships vai the internet is the greatest challenge for banks, and re-emphasised the view that a balanced delivery channel mix is what is required, rather than a wholesale migration towards Internet banking.
Banks throughout Europe had anticipated significant cost savings through such a migration , but costs have actually risen - because customers choose to adopt all available delivery platforms rather than choosing the Internet over others.
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