Product-centric Information Management: A Case Study of a Shared Platform with Blockchain Technology

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Product-centric information management is a key concept in understanding the interoperability between increasingly intelligent and autonomous goods in distributed computing architectures. In the same way as consumers are an important source of data in contemporary platforms, products — especially durable and capital goods — can be considered equally valuable for industries that have not yet been platformatized. By exploiting a blockchain technology approach, this paper makes an effort to combine product-centric information management with platform literature in order to understand possible development trajectories for multi-sided platforms, across industry
Through a novel perspective, this paper offers new insights into product-centric information management and shows that blockchain technology can have interesting and useful applications in the architectural design of industrial platforms. The paper concludes with some managerial implications about the nature of multi-sided markets for durable and capital goods. Furthermore,
some policy implications are presented regarding the free flowing of information, as well as the role of the public authority in fostering platform development.
Though the examination of an inductive case study, this paper aims to provide a clearer understanding on the ambiguous phenomenon of blockchain technology. The formulation of this particular case study will also assist other scholars in presenting their respective use cases in later.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBerkeley Roundtable on the International Economy
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventIndustry Studies Association Conference - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 24 May 201626 May 2016


ConferenceIndustry Studies Association Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Product-centric Information Management
  • Intelligent Products
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Multi-sided Markets
  • Platforms


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