Blockchain adoption: a value driver perspective

Elias Ribeiro da Silva, Jannis Angelis

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The ongoing discussion regarding blockchain technologies is focused primarily on cryptocurrencies, but blockchain features and functionalities have developed beyond financial instruments. As the technologies provide new functionalities, the associated value proposition changes as well. This study explores the relationship between blockchain technologies and their underlying value drivers. Four identified distinct blockchain stages of increased maturity are analyzed and discussed. This covers the evolutionary technology types focused on transactions, smart contracts, decentralized applications, and the introduction of artificial intelligence supporting decentralized decision making. In addition, we address management issues around appropriate blockchain adoption using a blockchain value driver-focused framework that gives decision makers actionable questions and recommendations. We provide practitioners with a method for assessing suitable blockchain adoption that addresses the specific value creation associated with a given organizational strategy. For academics, we critically identify and assess the characteristics of the blockchain stages and their strategy implications and provide a structured approach conceptualizing blockchain technology evolution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Horizons
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)307-314
Publication statusPublished - 1. May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Blockchain
  • Distributed ledger
  • Value drivers
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Decision making


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