Considerations in developing blockchain-enabled food supply chain solutions: A developer perspective

Chi Pham, Arthur Adamopoulos, Elizabeth Tait, Thanh-Thuy Nguyen

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There is currently considerable interest and activity in the adoption of blockchains in food supply chains (FSC) by both researchers and industry. Blockchain developers have to satisfy the requirements of multiple users and stakeholders as well as handle technical requirements from the underlying blockchain platform. Many prior studies are conceptual and theoretical and there is a need for both a deeper understanding of the problem space and also a need for insights from real-world perspectives, particularly in the FSC context. This study interviewed 14 experts from FSC blockchain application provider companies. The interviews were analysed using a Grounded Theory approach. The preliminary findings presented in this research-in-progress paper show that developers are concerned with: Technical aspects, cost-benefit aspects, management and operational aspects, end-user issues and societal aspects. These findings provide a deeper understanding of the issues involved in developing blockchain applications in FSC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2021 Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event32nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2021) - Macquarie University and online, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 06 Dec 202110 Dec 2021 (Conference information) (Program) (Proceedings) (Conference website)


Conference32nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2021)
Abbreviated titleInformation Systems for a Sustainable Future, Connectedness, and Social Good
OtherThe Australasian Conference on Information Systems is the premier conference in the Australasian region for the Information Systems discipline. This year will mark the 32nd year of the conference’s long history, which will be hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Information Systems is a broad and dynamic discipline that has been exposed to change and challenge through ICT based innovation of business and the blurring of boundaries between business and the community. The discipline of Information Systems arose within the fields of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Business and Management, and the majority of the research in Information Systems today fits well within these domains. Research in information systems examines both positive and negative aspects of ICT use and implications at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.

In line with Geoff Walsham’s 2012 paper “Are We Making the World a Better Place with Information Systems?” and in responding to and coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference theme is Information Systems for a Sustainable Future, Connectedness, and Social Good. Hence, the conference aims to promote innovative and novel research that utilizes information systems to connect individuals and communities for making the world a more sustainable place for all human beings. The conference also seeks new ways for tackling the dark side of information systems use and for taking advantage of the technology for the social good.

Join us in Sydney at the ACIS 2021 conference where we will explore these issues both through our plenary sessions and our collection of thematic tracks.

ACIS 2021 will be held in hybrid mode (subject to health orders): in-person and online.
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