Fintech: Navigating its Evolving Competitive and Regulatory Landscapes

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Global executives from traditional and challenger banks; credit unions; insurance and mortgage companies; and fintech firms
  • Mid- to senior-level executives from central banks and regulatory agencies engaged in oversight of the financial services ecosystem

About the course

Explore the economic forces reshaping financial services and their implications for building competitive advantage and designing sound regulations.

Innovation in financial technology combined with novel business models are leading companies in the financial services industry — incumbents and recent entrants alike — to reassess their competitive advantages. At the same time, regulators are striving for timely, constructive guidance that balances the benefits of increased competition against their concerns about financial stability. FinTech: Navigating Its Evolving Competitive and Regulatory Landscapes examines the business opportunities and policy challenges arising from these rapidly moving crosscurrents.

This interdisciplinary one-week program gives you extraordinary access to Stanford’s world-class thought leaders in fintech — faculty who, by drawing upon their cutting edge theoretical and empirical research, are providing strategic guidance to fintech companies and regulators. These faculty members bring expertise from multiple disciplines across the university.

Designed for executives from banking, regulatory agencies, and fintech companies, the program will help you gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The economics of financial platforms
  • Ways that financial regulation may mitigate and amplify financial risks
  • Potential sources of “competitive moats” from artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms and big data
  • The design and regulation of digital currencies

You will emerge with actionable, strategic insights for decision making in the fast-changing financial services sector. What’s more, you’ll gain a truly holistic view of fintech by sharing your experiences with executives who bring diverse objectives and perspectives to the table.

There’s no better place to explore the evolving landscape for fintech than at Stanford GSB, in the heart of Silicon Valley. This comprehensive program exposes you to a distinctive combination of pioneering research, technical expertise, and practical business strategy.

Key Benefits

  • Gain a deep understanding of the economic forces shaping the industrial organization of financial services.
  • Explore in depth who will be the likely winners and losers as fintechs, bigtechs, and incumbent banks increasingly compete for customers.
  • Discover how “economies of scope and scale” drive choices of product offerings and influence the competitive landscape.
  • Learn why financial service platforms are structured so differently across countries and use these insights to assess future directions of bigtechs.
  • Demystify artificial intelligence and machine learning as you learn the benefits of big data and the practical and regulatory challenges of using black-box algorithms.
  • Explore the interplay between big data, customer engagement, and the strength of your “economic moat” around profitability.
  • Gain insight into the practical, regulatory, and political obstacles to the effective design of digital currencies and fast-payment systems.
  • Discover the ways that the digitization of financial services is changing governance and debate the implications for regulatory oversight.
  • Learn and collaborate with a diverse group of executives from banking, regulatory agencies, and fintech companies to share ideas, challenges, and solutions to the strategic questions on your minds.


Explore fintech from an economic, technical, regulatory, and global perspective and discover new ways to compete and regulate.

This program delivers an integrated curriculum that delves into best practices in the design of business models for harvesting competitive advantage, the implications of digitization for efficient governance of financial service companies, and the interplay between regulation and the optimal structure of the financial services industry. Stanford faculty and Silicon Valley leaders collaborate to:

  • Explore business models that effectively incorporate economies of scope in customer acquisition; are sensitive to the relative advantages of vertical versus horizontal focus in product build; and strengthen economic moats within various regulatory and competitive settings.
  • Demystify the use of artificial intelligence and the challenges of using algorithmic “black boxes” in financial decision-making; and delve into the nuances of the nature of big data and customer relationships that strengthen competitive advantage while being sensitive to privacy.
  • Analyze likely scenarios for the optimal industry structure as fintechs, bigtechs, and incumbent banks compete for market share; and characterize the ways that digitization may fundamentally reshape the governance of financial institutions.
  • Look beyond the current structure of payments to digital currencies and increasingly fast payments. There will be special emphasis on the tradeoffs in designing and regulating digital currencies and the implications of their development for the global monetary system.

Your week at Stanford will also involve breakout sessions where you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into practical business issues with your peers, commensurate with your own interests.


Susan Athey

Research Statement Susan Athey’s research is in the areas of industrial organization, microeconomic theory, and applied econometrics. Her current research focuses on the design of auction-based marketplaces and the economics of the internet, primarily on online advertising and the economics of th...

Amit Seru

Research Interests Financial Intermediation and Regulation Resource Allocation and Internal Organization of Firms Performance Evaluations and Incentives Bio Amit Seru is the Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow at the Hoove...

Kenneth Singleton

Research Statement Kenneth Singleton’s research focuses on econometric methods for estimation and testing of dynamic asset pricing models; modeling of term structures of government and defaultable bond yields; pricing credit derivatives; measuring and managing market, credit, and liquidity risks;...

Darrell Duffie

Research Statement Darrell Duffie’s research interests include over-the-counter markets, banking, financial risk management, credit risk, valuation and hedging of derivative securities, financial market infrastructure, the term structure of interest rates, financial innovation, security design (i...

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