Opportunities and risks of Blockchain Technologies in payments – a research agenda

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Blockchain technologies offer new open source-based opportunities for developing new types of digital platforms and services. While research on the topic is emerging, it has this far been predominantly focused to technical and legal issues. To broaden our understanding of blockchain technology based services and platforms, we build on earlier literature on payments and payment platforms and propose a research agenda divided into three focal areas of 1) organizational issues; 2) issues related to the competitive environment; and 3) technology design issues. We discuss several salient themes within each of these areas, and derive a set of research question for each theme, highlighting the need to address both risks and opportunities for users, as well as different types of stakeholder organizations. With this research agenda, we contribute to the discussion on future avenues for Information Systems research on blockchain technology based platforms and services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
PublisherHICSS/IEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-9981331-0-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20177 Jan 2017
Conference number: 50


ConferenceAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
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