A Structured Framework to Assess the Business Application Landscape of Blockchain Technologies

Gianluca Salviotti, Leonardo Maria de Rossi, Nico Abbatemarco

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Blockchain is emerging as a game changing technology in many industries. Although it is increasingly capturing the business community’s attention, a comprehensive overview of commercially available applications is lacking to date. This paper aims to fill this gap. Firstly, we propose a structured approach to assess the application landscape of blockchain technologies. To build our framework, we relied on largely accepted classifications of blockchains, based on protocols, consensus mechanisms and ownership, as well as on the most cited application areas emerging from the literature. Secondly, we applied the framework on a database of 460 released blockchains. The analysis confirms a dominance of applications for cryptocurrencies, financial transactions and certification purposes, with a prevalence of permissionless platforms. We also found new application fields that go far beyond the seven initial areas addressed by the current body of knowledge, leading to some interesting takeaways for both practitioners and IS researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 51st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsTung X. Bui
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133119
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20186 Jan 2018
Conference number: 51


ConferenceThe 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

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