Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication

Miscione G., Ziolkowski R., Zavolokina L., Schwabe G. “Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2018, Hawaii, USA

10 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2017 Last revised: 26 Aug 2021

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Gianluca Miscione

University College Dublin (UCD) - College of Business and Law; Oxford Internet Institute

Rafael Ziolkowski

University of Zurich

Liudmila Zavolokina

University of Zurich

Gerhard Schwabe

University of Zurich

Date Written: September 22, 2017

Abstract

The blockchain technology offers a novel mode of distributed authentication, which does not depend on a central authority. We consider this novelty against established governance modes. We illustrate our argument by paying special attention to blockchain-based authentication functions in the empirical domain of land registries across the world. Based on interviews with representatives from organizations deploying blockchain, and content analysis of related grey literature, we discuss established governance ideal types against what the rivalry that cryptocurrencies and blockchains bring to digital settings. After referring to market, hierarchy, network, and bazaar, we conclude outlining the prospects of a different, blockchain-related governance mode called ‘tribal’ that better captures the ‘togetherness’ which rivalry originates.

Keywords: Authentication, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Governance

Suggested Citation

Miscione, Gianluca and Ziolkowski, Rafael and Zavolokina, Liudmila and Schwabe, Gerhard, Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication (September 22, 2017). Miscione G., Ziolkowski R., Zavolokina L., Schwabe G. “Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2018, Hawaii, USA , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037853 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3037853

Gianluca Miscione (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) - College of Business and Law ( email )

Ireland

Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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University of Oxford
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Rafael Ziolkowski

University of Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

Liudmila Zavolokina

University of Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

Gerhard Schwabe

University of Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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