Quotation Dobrovnik, Mario, Herold, David Martin, Fürst, Elmar Wilhelm M., Kummer, Sebastian. 2018. Blockchain for and in Logistics: What to Adopt and Where to Start. Logistics, 2, (3), 18




Despite the claim that blockchain will revolutionise business and redefine logistics, existing research so far is limited concerning frameworks that categorise blockchain application potentials and their implications. In particular, academic literature in transport and logistics to date has not sufficiently distinguished between blockchain adoption (‘what to adopt’) and the identification of the right business opportunity (‘where to start’). In response, this paper (1) uses Rogers’ (2003) ‘attributes of innovation framework’ to identify potential blockchain applications and (2) presents a framework explicating four transformation phases to subsequently categorise the identified areas of application according to their effects on organisational structures and processes. Using academic and practitioner literature, we classify possible applications for adoption and provide a framework to identify blockchain opportunities in the logistics industry, thereby helping managers to systematically assess where to start building organisational capabilities in order to successfully adopt and deploy blockchain-based technology.


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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Logistics
Language English
Title Blockchain for and in Logistics: What to Adopt and Where to Start
Volume 2
Number 3
Year 2018
Page from 18
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.mdpi.com/2305-6290/2/3/18
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/logistics2030018
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://www.mdpi.com/2305-6290/2/3/18


Dobrovnik, Mario (Details)
Herold, David Martin (Details)
Fürst, Elmar Wilhelm (Details)
Kummer, Sebastian (Details)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1109 Information and data processing (Details)
1112 Logistics (Details)
1146 Management information systems (Details)
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
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