A shared boundary object: Financial innovation and engineering in Islamic financial institutions

Samir Alamad, Nunung Nurul Hidayah, Alan Lowe

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This paper explores the way in which ethico-faith-based rules act as a boundary object in constraining the process of financial innovation and engineering (FIE) in Islamic Financial Institutions (IFIs). The paper examines how this faith-based approach is enacted in the FIE process amid different social worlds and groups that cooperate without consensus within IFIs. We contribute to studies of governance in faith-based organizations, by identifying the plasticity of faith-based rules that act as boundary objects in the governance of the FIE process. The plasticity of ethico-faith based rules allows coordination among local and global actors with intersecting faith-based values, logics, and interests. IFIs ensure that the products of FIE become an integral part of and as compatible as possible with the logics of global financial markets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100958
Number of pages17
JournalThe British Accounting Review
Issue number3
Early online date1 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Islamic financial institutions
  • Governing innovation
  • Financial engineering
  • Ethico-faith-based rules
  • Boundary object plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting


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