Blockchain technology in supply chains

Cees J. Gelderman, Janjaap Semeijn, Niels Smit

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Aim: Blockchain technology (BCT) is a relatively new technological development, promising strong gains in the areas of product traceability and visibility, end-to-end coordination (E2E), governance, and efficiency of supply chains. The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of the impact of BCT on these performance measures.

Design / Research methods: Hypotheses were tested with survey data from 119 supply chain professionals from Northern American SMEs.

Conclusions / findings: The results confirm the positive impacts of BCT on all performance measures. E2E coordination is the integration of information, goods, and money within an organisation or supply chain. E2E coordination appeared to benefit from the use of BCT, enabling information sharing in a safe way. The findings suggest that BCT use fosters E2E coordination, which in its turn also positively affects financial performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages26
JournalThe Central European Review of Economics and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2022


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