Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technologies in Operations

12 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2018 Last revised: 20 Nov 2018

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Volodymyr Babich

McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Gilles Hilary

Georgetown University - Department of Accounting and Business Law

Date Written: November 19, 2018

Abstract

Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology (DLT) that has grown in prominence, although its full potential and possible downsides are not yet fully understood, especially with respect to Operations Management (OM). This manuscript contributes to filling in this gap. We identify three research themes in applying Blockchain technology to OM, illustrated through several applications to OM problems. Elsewhere, in a companion article, (Babich and Hilary (2018)), we provide a conceptual framework for the role of Blockchain and other DLT in OM, along with specific examples of research questions, and we demonstrate how research in economics can inform research in OM on Blockchain applications.

Keywords: Visibility, Information Aggregation, Validation, Resiliency, Smart Contracts, Digital Assets

Suggested Citation

Babich, Volodymyr and Hilary, Gilles, Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technologies in Operations (November 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3232977

Volodymyr Babich (Contact Author)

McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University ( email )

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Gilles Hilary

Georgetown University - Department of Accounting and Business Law ( email )

McDonough School of Business
Washington, DC 20057
United States

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