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Jarnvall, Wilhelm, 2021. Prosperity and security? : a study of resilience in Handelsbanken. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



This thesis identifies the factors that make the Swedish bank Handelsbanken resilient. Throughout
the financial crises in recent memory, Handelsbanken has remained strong and managed to avoid
bailouts from the Swedish government. Since the crisis of 2008, much effort from governments and
independent committees has been put into strengthening the regulatory frameworks that banks abide
by. Handelsbanken managed to stay strong despite these regulations proving too weak during the
crises. Therefore, this thesis focuses on understanding what attributes as an organisation
Handelsbanken possess to make them resilient to crises.
Through a series of interviews with branch managers of different branches of Handelsbanken,
the most important factors that increase the resilience of Handelsbanken are identified. The
interviews provide a picture of the organisational culture and its strong ties to the company’s credit
policy, revolving around making decisions locally and always remaining close to the market. A risk
avert culture and organisational structure was unanimously identified as the most important factor
by all interviewees. Beside this, the regulation frameworks and increased precision in credit issuing
that have developed since the crisis of 2008 also increased the resilience of the bank.

Main title:Prosperity and security?
Subtitle:a study of resilience in Handelsbanken
Authors:Jarnvall, Wilhelm
Supervisor:Hakelius, Karin
Examiner:Ferguson, Richard
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1378
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:resilience, financial crisis, banking, regulations, organisation culture, crisis management
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Economics and management
Deposited On:23 Aug 2021 11:07
Metadata Last Modified:24 Aug 2021 01:03

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