Blockchain as organizational technology

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Title: Blockchain as organizational technology
Authors: Miscione, Gianluca
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10772
Date: 28-Feb-2019
Online since: 2019-06-10T11:21:38Z
Abstract: Information technologies have been changing how things get organized for a while now. Free and open source software, peer-to-peer networks, cloud computing, just to name a few waves of digital innovation, are instances of a mode of organizing which has been: a) circumventing the structures and conventions of formal organizations, and b) changing and disrupting markets while opening new ones. The most recent trend of digital innovation is blockchain, which embeds functions that used to be domain of organizations: consensus and authentication. Cryptocurrencies proved at scale the feasibility of an architecture that certifies each token on a network and differentiates it from all others. All copies are the same no more. This newly created scarcity originates both cooperation to keep the system running reliably, and rivalry between actors longing for a finite number of tokens. Thus, blockchain mode of governance is peculiar, and can be studied in application domains like markets (second-hand cars) and public authorities (land registries).
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: University College Dublin
Keywords: BlockchainBitcoinCryptocurrenciesOrganizational technology
Other versions: https://www.ifi.uzh.ch/en/studies/phd/colloquium/spring-2019/details-colloquium-spring-2019.html#Miscione
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: University of Zurich, Department of Informatics IFI Colloquium, Zurich, Switzerland, 28th February 2019
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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