How Distributed Ledger Technology Can Influence Trust Improving Data Sharing in Collaborative Networks

Ronald van den Heuvel, Rogier van de Wetering, Olaf Kruidhof, Rik Bos, Jos Trienekens

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Collaborative networked organizations (CNOs) strive to achieve a common goal. Collaboration within CNOs relies on information technology (IT) and trust. Trust appears in different forms, such as relational, contractual, and competence trust that strengthens the relationships. In addition to trust, da-ta sharing is fundamental to CNOs, as it can improve business-to-business transactions. In this paper, we show how distributed ledger technology (DLT) can increase trust and improve data sharing. We created a decision model, using a design science research (DSR) approach, that provides a mapping between DLT-characteristics and trust antecedents in order to se-lect appropriate DLT. We use an analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach to establish the trust antecedent ranking within the CNO for European law enforcement (ELE), Europol and its operational partners. Our research pro-vides an evaluated model to determine the DLT-characteristics that can increase trust and data sharing in a CNO.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Innovation in a Digital World
Subtitle of host publicationCultural and Organizational Challenges
EditorsFederica Ceci, Andrea Prencipe, Paolo Spagnoletti
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-87842-9
ISBN (Print)978-88-6685-021-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021
EventXVII Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS: Organizing in a digitized world: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion - University of Chieti-Pescara, Department of Management and Business Administration, Pescara, Italy
Duration: 16 Oct 202017 Oct 2020

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation


ConferenceXVII Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS
Abbreviated titleitAIS 2020
Internet address


  • Blockchain
  • Collaborative networks
  • Distributed ledger
  • Law enforcement
  • Trust


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