Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Prockl, Günter, Kolar, Petr. 2018. Digitization of documentary paperwork in transport and the e-friendliness of current legal context. . 15th CEMS Research Seminar on Supply Chain Management: Supply Chain Management – Recent Trends and Future Perspectives. Riezlern, Österreich, 17.01.-21.01. Invited Talk


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‘Digitization’ refers to converting analogue into digital data for further processing by electronic means. The broader concept ‘digitalization’ stands for increasing applications of digital technologies by organizations, industries or societies. However, reality bites when this has to put into practice. Therefore, we want to strive a sober view on the mentioned condition, i.e. the ‘digitization’ and thus availability of documentary paperwork in some digital form, before we show the current context and status of approaches to digitalize them in paperless trade environments. In sum, our analysis shows huge deficits especially when it comes on consignment notes (CNs i.e. bills of lading (BLs) or waybills (WBs)), despite the overall legal foundation enabling paperless trade environments is developing rapidly. This outcome stems from the fact that either applicable transport law simply do not facilitate ‘digitization’ and/or implementation efforts of ‘digitalization’ are hindered by inherent operational risks and liability burden or actors involved who are not willing or able to adapt to the evolving new digital reality yet. Based on the complexity of past and present legal, organisational and technical particularities, and supplemented by current digitalization initiatives in the transport industry, four potential scenarios to digitization in order to establish a paperless trade environment including electronic CNs can be noted: (1) getting all necessary legal instruments e-enabled, (2) making a legal bubble around all actors to solve the legal issue, 3) integrator (carrier or shipper) – a centralised approach of title registry or (4) block chain technology – a decentralized, distributed approach of title registry.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Digitization of documentary paperwork in transport and the e-friendliness of current legal context.
Event 15th CEMS Research Seminar on Supply Chain Management: Supply Chain Management – Recent Trends and Future Perspectives.
Year 2018
Date 17.01.-21.01.
Country Austria
Location Riezlern
URL https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/fakultaetsbereiche/supply-chain-management/cems-seminar-riezlern/
Invited Talk Y

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
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Kolar, Petr (University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic)
Prockl, Günter (CBS Copenhagen, Denmark)
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Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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