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A blockchain-based information management system for academic institutions: a case study of international students’ workflow

Weiru Chen (Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA) (Department of Computer and Information Science, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas, USA)
Seyed Mahdi Bohloul (Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Yifang Ma (Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Ling Li (Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 18 October 2021

Issue publication date: 13 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the impact of applying a blockchain-based information system in the international students’ administrative workflow in the context of a public research university in the USA.

Design/methodology/approach

Specifically, a prototype of the blockchain-based information system was developed and tested. The system has the potential advantages of being more efficient, more transparent, faster and safer.

Findings

The results show that digital registration could increase student registration efficiency with a blockchain-based application.

Research limitations/implications

There are also some limitations of this study. As an early exploration of the use of blockchain technology in higher education, this study could be further extended in several aspects: different institutions (e.g. private vs public school) may have different operational strategies towards international student affairs. The different administrative processes should be discussed in the context of different institutions, and thus the proposed system should be tested and evaluated based on the requirements of different institutions. Use experience and feedback from different users such as university administrators and students should be considered and investigated with respect to the necessary improvement of the proposed system. The extensibility and scalability of the system should be assessed to accommodate any potential modifications of the administrative process.

Originality/value

The findings show that a blockchain-based information management system has the potential to improve data transmission efficiency and protect information privacy.

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Acknowledgements

The authors sincerely appreciate the valuable comments from the anonymous reviewers who provide great help to improve the quality of this paper. The presented results and findings do not represent the opinions of any organization.

Citation

Chen, W., Bohloul, S.M., Ma, Y. and Li, L. (2022), "A blockchain-based information management system for academic institutions: a case study of international students’ workflow", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 50 No. 4, pp. 343-352. https://doi.org/10.1108/IDD-01-2021-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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