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Volume 60, Issue 5-6

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Mapping the sea of opportunities: Blockchain in supply chain and logistics

Moritz PetersenORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2046-848X / Niels Hackius
  • Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, D-21073, Hamburg, Germany
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/ Birgit von See
  • Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, D-21073, Hamburg, Germany
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Published Online: 2018-10-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2017-0031

Abstract

Driven by successful pilot projects in supply chain and logistics, Blockchain has become one of the industry’s latest technology hypes. In this paper, we cut through the hype and shed light on the expectations of industry professionals towards the benefits and challenges of Blockchain. Also, we categorize current Blockchain applications that are expected to provide tangible benefits for supply chain and logistics processes. To explore such potentials, we argue that companies should gain own first-hand experiences through small-scale experiments.

Keywords: Blockchain; application; logistics; supply chain; survey

ACM CCS: Applied computing; Operations research; Industries and manufacturing; Supply chain management

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About the article

Moritz Petersen

Dr. Moritz Petersen is a Senior Researcher at Kuehne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg, Germany. He holds a doctoral degree in engineering from Hamburg University of Technology. At KLU, his research is focused on sustainability and technology applications in logistics systems and the knowledge transfer into industry projects. Since 2016, he investigates the application of Blockchain technology in supply chain and logistics. He has published several articles in academic journals.

Niels Hackius

Niels Hackius is a Research Associate at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany. Having been in contact with crypto currencies as early as 2013, the 2016 TEDxHamburg talk “New Kids on the Blockchain” inspired him to explore the intersection of Blockchain’s features and supply chain and logistics processes. As a Master of Science in Medical Engineering he conducts research at TUHH’s Institute of Business Logistics and General Management since 2013.

Birgit von See

Birgit von See is a Research Associate at Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. Holding a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering Management, she conducts research on trends and innovations in supply chain and logistics at the Institute of Business Logistics and General Management since 2013. Her doctoral research focuses on digital transformation in supply chain and logistics.


Received: 2017-09-30

Revised: 2018-04-14

Accepted: 2018-10-01

Published Online: 2018-10-10

Published in Print: 2018-12-19


Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 60, Issue 5-6, Pages 263–271, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2017-0031.

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