Quotation Herold, David Martin, Saberi, Sara, Kouhizadeh, Mahtab, Wilde, Simon. 2021. Categorizing transaction costs outcomes under uncertainty: a blockchain perspective for government organizations. Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing.




Purpose – The immature nature and the absence of standards in blockchain technology lead to uncertainty in government organizations concerning the adoption (“what to adopt”) and the identification of the right time (“when to start”). In response, the purpose of this paper is to provide theoretical frameworks about the organizational uncertainty behind what and when to adopt blockchain technology and their implications on transaction costs. Design/methodology/approach – Using transaction cost theory and path dependency theory, this paper proposes two frameworks: to assess transaction cost risks and opportunities costs; and to depict fourdifferent types of transaction costs outcomes regarding blockchain adoption. Findings – This paper identifies various theoretical concepts that influence blockchain adoption and combine the two critical constructs of “bounded rationality” and the “lock-in effect” to categorize the multiple transaction costs outcomes for blockchain adoption. Research limitations/implications – Although existing research in blockchain highlights mainly the potential benefits of blockchain applications, only a little attention has been given to frameworks that categorize potential transaction costs outcomes under uncertainty, in particular from organizational theorists. Originality/value – Both frameworks advance the understanding of the decision-making behind blockchain adoption and synthesize the current literature to offer conceptual clarity regarding the varied implications and outcomes linked to the uncertainty regarding transactions costs stemming from blockchain technology.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing
Language English
Title Categorizing transaction costs outcomes under uncertainty: a blockchain perspective for government organizations
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JGOSS-09-2021-0066/full/xml
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/jgoss-09-2021-0066
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JGOSS-09-2021-0066/full/html


Herold, David Martin (Details)
Kouhizadeh, Mahtab (The University of Rhode Island, United States/USA)
Saberi, Sara (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States/USA)
Wilde, Simon (Southern Cross University, Australia)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2943 Research and innovation management (Details)
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