Examining Gentle Rivalry: Decision-Making in Blockchain Systems

AbstractThe blockchain comes with the promise of being a disruptive technology with the potential for novel ways of interaction in a wide range of applications. Although scholarly interest in the technology is growing, a comprehensive analysis of blockchain applications from a governance perspective lacks to date. This research pays special attention to the governance of blockchain systems and illustrates core governance decisions on 15 blockchain implementations from four application domains. Additionally, this research sheds light on changes brought by the blockchain in terms of governance. Based on academic literature, semi-structured-interviews with representatives from those companies, and content analysis of grey literature, different blockchain governance decisions have been derived and their enactment described. The identification of those enriches the scarce body of knowledge on blockchain-based implementations with a better understanding of how key governance decisions are enacted.

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