Seminar Series | Blockchain adoption in supply chain: analysis of barrier, drivers and leadership in its investment

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144 Baker Systems
1971 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Speaker: Sara Saberi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Title: Blockchain adoption in supply chain: analysis of barrier, drivers and leadership in its investment


Abstract: The presence of Blockchain technology (BCT) and its potential supply chain benefits—such as improved resiliency, efficiency, transparency, and traceability—have motivated organizations to consider BCT investment. BCT is a relatively novel technology and requires multiple partners to adopt it to meet its greatest potential. Given its promise, the adoption of BCT has not seen rapid acceptance. Using various literature streams on technology, organizational practices, and sustainability, a comprehensive overview of barriers for adopting blockchain is provided. The barriers are explored using technology, organizational, and environmental (TOE) framework followed by inputs from academics and industry experts and then analyzed using the Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) tool. Also, its novelty is a barrier to its adoption and can be dependent on an innovator or leader to convince others to invest in or adopt BCT. Using an institutional entrepreneurship theoretical lens, a game theory model is formulated to determine who should lead the investment or whether a collaborative investment would be best.

Biography: Sara Saberi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at WPI. She completed her second PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of supply chain management, game theory, adoption of blockchain in supply chain management and sustainability, and network optimization. Dr. Saberi’s work has been published in leading logistics and operations management journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Research Part E, International Journal of Production Economics, and International Journal of Production Research. Dr. Saberi has taken the lead on multiple funded research projects on blockchain, supply chain sustainability, and supply chain resiliency supported by ASCM Research Grant program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Environmental Law Institute, NSF, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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