Toward More Rigorous Blockchain Research: Recommendations for Writing Blockchain Case Studies

Regarding Prof. Dr. Horst Treiblmaier

Department of International Management at Modul University Vienna


Understanding the implications of blockchain technology is an area of increasing interest for both practitioners and academics. Rigorous case studies can help to advance the field.

About a decade ago the fundamental operating principle of the Blockchain was introduced. It took several years before the technology gained widespread recognition in industry and academic communities outside of the computer science sphere. Since then many academic communities have taken up the topic, but so far no well-defined research agenda has emerged: research topics are scattered and rigorous approaches are scarce. More often than not, use cases implemented by industry apply a trial and error approach and there exists a dearth of theory-based academic papers on the topic following robust methodologies.

“Case studies on Blockchain applications are a suitable approach to systematically transfer industry experience into research agendas” says Dr. Treiblmaier and adds “this will benefit theory development and testing as well as design science research”. In his recently published paper in “Frontiers in Blockchain” he offer guidelines and suggestions on how to design and structure blockchain case studies create value for academia and the industry alike. More specifically, he describes blockchain characteristics and challenges, presents existing blockchain case studies, and discusses various types of case study research and how they can be useful for industry and academic research. He concludes with a framework and a checklist for blockchain case studies.

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