Blockchains for business process management - Challenges and opportunities

J. Mendling, I. Weber, W.M.P. van der Aalst, J. vom Brocke, C. Cabanillas, F. Daniel, S. Debois, C. Di Ciccio, M. Dumas, S. Dustdar, A. Gal, L. García-Bañuelos, G. Governatori, R. Hull, Marcello La Rosa, Henrik Leopold, Frank Leymann, Jan Recker, Manfred Reichert, H.A. ReijersStefanie Rinderlema, Andreas Solti, Michael Rosemann, Stefan Schulte, Munindar P. Singh, T. Slaats, Mark Staples, Barbara Weber, Matthias Weidlich, Mathias Weske, Xiwei Xu, Liming Zhu

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    Blockchain technology ofers a sizable promise to rethink the way interorganizational business processes are managed because of its potential to realize execution without a central party serving as a single point of trust (and failure). To stimulate research on this promise and the limits thereof, in this article, we outline the challenges and opportunities of blockchain for business process management (BPM). We first refect how blockchains could be used in the context of the established BPM lifecycle and second how they might become relevant beyond. We conclude our discourse with a summary of seven research directions for investigating the application of blockchain technology in the context of BPM.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4
    Number of pages16
    JournalACM Transactions on Management Information Systems
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


    • Blockchain
    • Business process management
    • Research challenges


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