Facts about the course

Study points:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Bjørn Jæger
Lecture Semester:
Teaching language:
½ year

DRL028 PhD Seminar on Blockchain Applications in Supply Chain Management (Spring 2020)

About the course

The aim of this PhD seminar is to discuss how blockchain technologies can be used in supply chain operations for business-to-business (B2B) operations (Bendoly 2004). Since the 1980s, ERP systems have evolved to support and automate the intra-organizational processes of enterprises, they are confined to the enterprise by their business model rooted in the theory of the firm, as well as by the legislation that require each enterprise to maintain financial accounts of all values exchanged with the external partners (Rasmussen 2007; Dechow 2005). For inter-organizational processes, it has not been a similar evolution of a standard enterprise-to-enterprise resource management system for business networks (Cecere 2014). The complexity of global business networks and its multifaced governance structures makes interoperability across organizations a challenging task. Still, the most significant cause hampering a standard information system for inter-organizational purposes seems to be the inherent challenges in information sharing. Blockchain technologies have been seen as a potential solution to enforce intellectual property rights of information, as well as offering a way of sharing information in a network without mutual trust between the parties (Lacity, 2018). It is based on algorithms that lead to consensus among the network nodes and market mechanisms that motivate the nodes to behave in a non-opportunistic manner (Mendling 2018; Nakamoto 2008). This is recognized by the business environment as well as the research community as illustrated by the quote from Mendling (2018) “the emerging blockchain technology has the potential to drastically change the environment in which inter-organizational processes are able to operate”. In parallel with this, there is a move towards a more networked economy causing the external relations of an enterprise to increase in importance (Winter 2014). For most companies, this puts forward a need to explore blockchain technologies for their external business operations (Lacity, 2018). This PhD-seminar presents research on blockchain applications in supply chain management and offer an opportunity to discuss future applications and case studies involving blockchain technologies.

Bendoly, E., Soni, A., & Venkataramanan, M. A. (2004). Value Chain Resource Planning (VCRP): Adding Value with Systems beyond the Enterprise. Business Horizons, 47(2), 79-86.

Cecere, L. (2014). Building business-to-business supply chain networks. Supply Chain Insights, 1-30.

Dechow, N., & Mouritsen, J. (2005). Enterprise resource planning systems, management control and the quest for integration. Accounting, organizations and society, 30(7-8), 691-733.

Lacity, M. C., (2018) Addressing Key Challenges to Making Enterprise Blockchain Applications a Reality, MIS Quarterly Executive, 2018

Mendling, J., Weber, I., Aalst, W. V. D., Brocke, J. V., Cabanillas, C., Daniel, F., ... & Gal, A. (2018). Blockchains for business process management-challenges and opportunities. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems (TMIS), 9(1), 4.

Nakamoto, S., (2008) Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Winter, S., Berente, N., Howison, J., & Butler, B. (2014). Beyond the organizational ‘container’: Conceptualizing 21st century sociotechnical work. Information and Organization, 24(4), 250-269

The course is connected to the following study programs

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

Properties of blockchain technologies. How blockchain technologies can be used in supply chain applications for business-to-business operations.

Forms of teaching and learning

Lecturing, presentation of research on blockchain applications in supply chain management, organized discussions on future applications and case studies involving blockchain technologies.

Coursework requirements - conditions for taking the exam

30 h lectures plus student presentations and course paper. All lectures are mandatory.


  • Form of assessment: Course paper approved

  • Duration: One Week

  • Grading scale: Pass / Fail



Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 17, 2020 3:30:24 PM