Special Issue "Blockchain Commerce Driven Applications"

A special issue of Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (ISSN 0718-1876). This special issue belongs to the section "Entrepreneurship, Innovation, FinTech Accounting and Industry 4.0".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jani Merikivi
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Department Management & Technology, Grenoble Ecole de Management, 12 Rue Pierre Semard, 38000 Grenoble, France
Interests: e-commerce; management, information and communication technologies; virtual worlds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain, conceptualized by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, supports transacting cryptocurrencies like bitcoins. It builds on an immutable and decentralized database – thanks to advanced cryptography and peer-to-peer technology. To ensure reliability, a community of users verifies each transaction included in a block that is then added to a blockchain. The entire blockchain is then shared to everyone in the network to make sure that no record can be modified or deleted without anyone noticing it.

Besides cryptocurrencies, there are various other applications like music royalties tracking system (Mediachain), medical data transfer system (Burstiq), and transparent food supply chain system (IBM Food Trust) that run on blockchain. Even the blockchain itself comes in many forms and shapes (e.g., Ethereum, Hyperledger, etc.).

Since new applications keep emerging also in electronic commerce (e.g., bitcoin payment systems, loyalty programs, etc.), it is no surprise that many believe blockchain will transform the industry and redefine how online businesses operate in the future. Yet, there is still little research on blockchain enabled and induced applications in electronic commerce. Further research and development are also needed to overcome challenges concerning innovative blockchain based business models and strategies, particularly those that create value to online consumers.

Therefore, the goal of this special issue in Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research is to advance theoretical and applicative research in all fields of electronic commerce (e.g., mobile commerce, online advertising, payment systems, sharing economy, crowdsourcing, omni-commerce, social media, etc.). As such, the special issue offers a venue for papers that help increase our understanding of how blockchain will transform electronic commerce.

Topics

The Special Issue welcomes contributions in the following topics, but is not limited to them:

  • Open and permissioned blockchains in electronic commerce
  • Blockchain, security, privacy, and trust in electronic commerce
  • Use of smart contract and distributed ledger in electronic commerce
  • Innovative electronic commerce applications driven by blockchain
  • Decentralized applications (DAPPs) in electronic commerce
  • Blockchain-enabled next generation business models, applications, and value creation
  • Implications of blockchain on logistics and marketing management
  • Electronic commerce strategies and blockchain
  • Payment systems and blockchain
  • Consumer behavior and cryptocurrencies

Dr. Jani Merikivi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • blockchain
  • distributed ledger
  • decentralized applications
  • electronic commerce
  • innovation management
  • consumer behavior
  • strategy
  • trust
  • privacy
  • security

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A Reference Architecture for Blockchain-Based Crowdsourcing Platforms
J. Theor. Appl. Electron. Commer. Res. 2021, 16(4), 937-958; https://doi.org/10.3390/jtaer16040053 - 07 Mar 2021
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Companies increasingly tender knowledge-intensive tasks using crowdsourcing platforms to gain access to scarce knowledge and skills otherwise out of reach, and in this way, gaining competitive advantage. Despite its potential, existing crowdsourcing platforms encounter several challenges, including (1) fragmentation of expertise, as there [...] Read more.
Companies increasingly tender knowledge-intensive tasks using crowdsourcing platforms to gain access to scarce knowledge and skills otherwise out of reach, and in this way, gaining competitive advantage. Despite its potential, existing crowdsourcing platforms encounter several challenges, including (1) fragmentation of expertise, as there are many platforms, (2) distrust between task providers and crowdsourcing participants, as identity and past performance are often not known, and (3) inability to learn from experience due to a lack of openness. A reference architecture for blockchain-based knowledge-intensive crowdsourcing platforms to mediate transactions between demand and supply of knowledge is designed in this paper to overcome these challenges. A design science research method is followed to develop the architecture. The reference architecture shows how blockchain and smart contract components can be integrated to support and coordinate knowledge-intensive crowdsourcing activities. By removing traditional e-commerce intermediaries, blockchain reduces search friction, knowledge transfer costs, and cheating by task providers or crowdsourcing participants. Full article
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