If Blockchain is the answer what is the question?

Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola, Ahmad Beltagui, Lewis Mackenzie

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


The purpose of the paper is to identify the issues and challenges to employing blockchain technology for different operations context. The paper analyses five cases to identify drivers and barriers to adopting the technology. Our findings suggest that interoperability and platform dependency can limit the wide-scale deployment of the technology. Additionally, trust in rule-based software automation and consensus among supply chain actors can inhibit effective adoption. In summary, the paper finds that care should be taken when applying blockchain, since there are many situations where its implementation is not feasible or not beneficial.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEUROMA 2019
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2019
Event26th European Operations Management Association Conference 2019 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019


Conference26th European Operations Management Association Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleEurOMA 2019

Bibliographical note

© 2019 The Authors


  • Blockchain
  • Challenges
  • Limitations


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