Process Automation on the Blockchain: An Exploratory Case Study on Smart Contracts Eggers, Julia Hein, Andreas Weking, Jörg Böhm, Markus Krcmar, Helmut 2020-12-24T20:10:19Z 2020-12-24T20:10:19Z 2021-01-05
dc.description.abstract While business process automation through information technology has progressed over the last decades, smart contracts have recently emerged as a promising new means of automation. However, in practice, the adoption of smart contract-based automation is in its infancy, raising the question if the technology genuinely offers a unique approach to process automation. Drawing on an exploratory case study of four start-ups, we investigate the potentials for automation that organizations achieve through smart contracts and how smart contracts differ from established automation technologies, such as workflow management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and robotic process automation. We contribute to the literature on process automation by unveiling transparent and immutable, cross-organizational, and decentralized automation as characteristics that differentiate smart contracts from established automation technologies. Besides, we provide practitioners with an understanding of application scenarios, potentials, and drawbacks of smart contracts for process automation.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2021.681
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-4-0
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Blockchain Cases and Innovations
dc.subject smart contract
dc.subject blockchain
dc.subject process automation
dc.subject robotic process automation
dc.subject workflow management
dc.title Process Automation on the Blockchain: An Exploratory Case Study on Smart Contracts
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