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Books on Blockchain

A Manager’s Guide to Blockchains for Businesses: From Knowing What to Knowing How

By Mary C. Lacity

Based on interviews in global enterprises and startups, surveys, and participant observation research, this book focuses on how enterprises are actually building blockchain applications for business today. This comprehensive guide is written for leaders, managers, business students, and other inquisitive people who want to understand how enterprises can use blockchains to transact directly with trading partners; automatically execute business agreements; instantly track and trace assets through a supply chain; and settle transactions quickly and cheaply on a secure platform.

While readers will learn enough about the underlying technology to speak intelligently to blockchain experts, the guide focuses on the business challenges that must be overcome to realize the promised business value. The author presents a three-phased framework and action principles for making blockchains for business real. Most imperatively, global enterprises will need to shift their mindsets when moving from their current command-and-control centralized business applications to the shared governance models of distributed blockchain applications.

Research Articles on Blockchain

Lacity, M. (2018), “Addressing Key Challenges to Making Enterprise Blockchain Applications a Reality,” MIS Quarterly Executive, Vol. 17, 3, pp. 201-222.

Lacity, M. (2018), “Enterprise Blockchains: Eight sources of business value and the obstacles in their way,” Intelligent Sourcing, Summer Issue, pp. 24-31.

Beck, R. (2018), “Beyond Bitcoin: The Rise of Blockchain World,” Computer, Vol. 51, 2, pp. 54-58.

Pedersen, A., Risius, M., and Beck, R. (2019), “BLOCKCHAIN DECISION PATH: ‘WHEN TO USE BLOCKCHAIN?’ – ‘WHICH BLOCKCHAIN DO YOU MEAN?,’ MIS Quarterly Executive, forthcoming.