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Formative Archetypes in Enterprise Blockchain Governance: Exploring the Dynamics of Participant Dominance and Platform Openness


Viguerie, Christophe; Ciriello, Raffaele Fabio; Zavolokina, Liudmila (2024). Formative Archetypes in Enterprise Blockchain Governance: Exploring the Dynamics of Participant Dominance and Platform Openness. In: 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii, 3 January 2024 - 8 January 2024. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 6573-6582.

Abstract

It is widely assumed that blockchain should, in principle, lead to decentralization. Yet, in practice, many enterprise blockchains are highly centralized. To explain this conundrum, we conduct a multi-case study of four enterprise blockchains: Walmart DL Freight, Contour, Chronicled MediLedger, and Cardossier. Exploring the dynamics of participant dominance and platform openness during their formative stages, we theorize that these blockchains correspond to the distinct archetypes of Chief, Clan, Custodian, and Consortium, respectively. Importantly, these archetypes shape the subsequent evolution of the governance approach, thus explaining why and how enterprise blockchains with dominant participants and limited openness later exhibit more centralized governance.

Abstract

It is widely assumed that blockchain should, in principle, lead to decentralization. Yet, in practice, many enterprise blockchains are highly centralized. To explain this conundrum, we conduct a multi-case study of four enterprise blockchains: Walmart DL Freight, Contour, Chronicled MediLedger, and Cardossier. Exploring the dynamics of participant dominance and platform openness during their formative stages, we theorize that these blockchains correspond to the distinct archetypes of Chief, Clan, Custodian, and Consortium, respectively. Importantly, these archetypes shape the subsequent evolution of the governance approach, thus explaining why and how enterprise blockchains with dominant participants and limited openness later exhibit more centralized governance.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 Research Priority Programs > Digital Society Initiative
03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Event End Date:8 January 2024
Deposited On:15 Jan 2024 10:26
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 14:41
Publisher:Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Series Name:Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN:2572-6862
ISBN:978-0-9981331-7-1
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/items/3b02910d-1232-4b86-bf2f-166bb56f5558
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:24266
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English