Quotation Di Ciccio, Claudio, Cecconi, Alessio, Mendling, Jan, Felix, Dominik, Haas, Dominik, Lilek, Daniel, Riel, Florian, Rumpl, Andreas, Uhlig, Philipp. 2018. Blockchain-Based Traceability of Inter-organisational Business Processes. In Business Modeling and Software Design - 8th International Symposium, BMSD 2018, July 2-4, 2018, Proceedings, Hrsg. Boris Shishkov, 56-68. Vienna, Austria: Springer.


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Blockchain technology opens up new opportunities for Business Process Management. This is mainly due to its unprecedented capability to let transactions be automatically executed and recorded by Smart Contracts in multi-peer environments, in a decentralised fashion and without central authoritative players to govern the workflow. In this way, blockchains also provide traceability. Traceability of information plays a pivotal role particularly in those supply chains where multiple parties are involved and rigorous criteria must be fulfilled to lead to a successful outcome. In this paper, we investigate how to run a business process in the context of a supply chain on a blockchain infrastructure so as to provide full traceability of its run-time enactment. Our approach retrieves information to trace process instances execution solely from the transactions written on-chain. To do so, hash-codes are reverse-engineered based on the Solidity Smart Contract encoding of the generating process. We show the results of our investigation by means of an implemented software prototype, with a case study on the reportedly challenging context of the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Blockchain-Based Traceability of Inter-organisational Business Processes
Title of whole publication Business Modeling and Software Design - 8th International Symposium, BMSD 2018, July 2-4, 2018, Proceedings
Editor Boris Shishkov
Page from 56
Page to 68
Location Vienna, Austria
Publisher Springer
Year 2018
ISBN 978-3-319-94214-8
URL https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94214-8_4
Open Access N

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Business Process Optimization Toolkit
Cyber-Physical Social Systems for City-wide Infrastructures
People
Di Ciccio, Claudio (Details)
Cecconi, Alessio (Details)
Mendling, Jan (Details)
Haas, Dominik (Former researcher)
Lilek, Daniel (Former researcher)
Rumpl, Andreas (Former researcher)
Uhlig, Philipp (Former researcher)
External
Felix, Dominik (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
Riel, Florian (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
Organization
Applied Information Technology with Focus on IT in Organization (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1105 Computer software (Details)
1108 Informatics (Details)
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1112 Logistics (Details)
1122 Artificial intelligence (Details)
1161 Human-computer interaction (Details)
5306 Business data processing (Details)
5367 Management information systems (Details)
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