Exploring the paths to big data analytics implementation success in banking and financial service: an integrated approach

Nastaran Hajiheydari, Mohammad Soltani Delgosha, Yichuan Wang, Hossein Olya

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Purpose: Big data analytics (BDA) is recognized as a recent breakthrough technology with potential business impact, however, the roadmap for its successful implementation and the path to exploiting its essential value remains unclear. This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the enablers facilitating BDA implementation in the banking and financial service sector from the perspective of interdependencies and interrelations.

Design/methodology/approach: We use an integrated approach that incorporates Delphi study, interpretive structural modelling (ISM) and fuzzy MICMAC methodology to identify the interactions among enablers that determine the success of BDA implementation. Our integrated approach utilizes experts' domain knowledge and gains a novel insight into the underlying causal relations associated with enablers, linguistic evaluation of the mutual impacts among variables and incorporating two innovative ways for visualizing the results.

Findings: Our findings highlight the key role of enabling factors, including technical and skilled workforce, financial support, infrastructure readiness and selecting appropriate big data technologies, that have significant driving impacts on other enablers in a hierarchical model. The results provide reliable, robust and easy to understand insights about the dynamics of BDA implementation in banking and financial service as a whole system while demonstrating potential influences of all interconnected influential factors.

Originality/value: This study explores the key enablers leading to successful BDA implementation in the banking and financial service sector. More importantly, it reveals the interrelationships of factors by calculating driving and dependence degrees. This exploration provides managers with a clear strategic path towards effective BDA implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2498-2529
Number of pages32
JournalIndustrial Management & Data Systems
Issue number12
Early online date18 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2021


  • Big data analytics (BDA)
  • Delphi
  • Interpretive structural modelling (ISM)
  • Fuzzy MICMAC
  • Enablers
  • Banking and financial service


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