Blockchains and the Supply Chain: Findings from a Broad Study of Practitioners

Sara Saberi, Mahtab Kouhizadeh, Joseph Sarkis

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Blockchain is an emergent technology that has attracted practitioner attention in the supply chain domain. Multiple motivators lead companies to incorporate blockchain technology into their supply chain. However, a number of barriers and challenges may impede the successful adoption of blockchains. The purpose of this paper is to explore how a variety of motivators and barriers are perceived by different companies from different industries. This paper summarizes survey data gathered from 173 respondents associated with the association of supply chain management, formerly APICS. Summary statistics on blockchain adoption by various types of companies are provided to help practitioners benchmark current practice. The paper presents preliminary findings on these dimensions with some insights provided.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8762158
Peer-reviewed scientific journalIEEE Engineering Management Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 15.07.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Blockchain
  • Supply chains
  • Companies
  • Industries
  • Consumer products
  • Supply chain management

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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