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Hanseatic Governance: Understanding Blockchain as Organizational Technology


Miscione, Gianluca; Goerke, Tobias; Klein, Stefan; Schwabe, Gerhard; Ziolkowski, Rafael (2019). Hanseatic Governance: Understanding Blockchain as Organizational Technology. In: Fortieth International Conference on Information Systems, Munich, 15 December 2019 - 18 December 2019.

Abstract

Blockchain technology provides a distributed ledger and is based on a logic of peer to peer authentication. It gained prominence with the rise of cryptocurrencies but provides a much broader field of possible applications. While it has been originally closely linked to a libertarian agenda rejecting organizations, its developments have illustrated that this ideological framing is being reversed in practice. Based on contrastive empirical cases, the purpose of our paper is to discuss blockchain as an organizational technology. Its peculiar mode of governance, which we name ‘Hanseatic’, needs to mediate between the fluidity typical of Free and Open Source Software development and the immutability that use organizations adopt blockchain for.

Abstract

Blockchain technology provides a distributed ledger and is based on a logic of peer to peer authentication. It gained prominence with the rise of cryptocurrencies but provides a much broader field of possible applications. While it has been originally closely linked to a libertarian agenda rejecting organizations, its developments have illustrated that this ideological framing is being reversed in practice. Based on contrastive empirical cases, the purpose of our paper is to discuss blockchain as an organizational technology. Its peculiar mode of governance, which we name ‘Hanseatic’, needs to mediate between the fluidity typical of Free and Open Source Software development and the immutability that use organizations adopt blockchain for.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:18 December 2019
Deposited On:05 Dec 2019 09:45
Last Modified:05 Dec 2019 09:45
Publisher:s.n.
OA Status:Green
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:18821

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