Established at a time of unprecedented change in the financial services industry, the Advanta Center is well-positioned to carry out its agenda to:

  • provide the research necessary for financial service corporations and their customers to keep pace with the changing nature of the market, and
  • promote the study of financial services in the undergraduate and graduate business curricula.

Through industry-driven basic and applied research, the Advanta Center will address:

  • ongoing advances in information technology that have empowered both commercial and individual financial services customers through enhanced information access and technical sophistication,
  • the integration of risk management activities among banking, credit, insurance and other financial services sectors, leading to the creation of increasingly complex and versatile products, and
  • the globalization of business activity, and the impact of financial services deregulation worldwide.

In addition to its research activities, the Advanta Center will:

  • develop industry-specific education programs, including new Financial Services concentrations at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels,
  • establish a series of widely publicized business and academic conferences,
  • publish working papers, conference proceedings, and the Risk Management and Insurance Review, a journal of the American Risk and Insurance Association, and
  • establish a lecture series/visiting scholars program in which students and faculty will interact with national and international leaders from industry and academia.


J. David Cummins
Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management
  • Office LocationAlter Hall 617
  • Titles & RolesJoseph E. Boettner Chair of Risk Management and Insurance
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Elyas Elyasiani
  • Office LocationAlter Hall 413
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  • Titles & RolesHarry Cochrane Senior Research Fellow
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1801 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122