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Potential of blockchain technology in supply chain management: a literature review

Amulya Gurtu (Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA)
Jestin Johny (Department of Marketing, St Francis Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, India)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 29 October 2019

Issue publication date: 13 November 2019




The purpose of this paper is to review the existing literature on blockchain technology, present some trends and consider its potential value in supply chain management (SCM).


Papers that contained the word “blockchain” in their titles, keywords or abstracts were selected for conducting trend analyses.


The blockchain technology is rapidly making inroads in many industries and there is tremendous potential to eliminate intermediaries and to make SCM more efficient.

Research limitations/implications

This analysis is limited to 299 papers from the EBSCO database through December 2018.

Practical implications

This paper highlights the imperative role of blockchain technology that has created a discourse in the world of innovation and technology. This work will help academics to further the understanding of blockchain technology.

Social implications

Blockchain technology will provide transparency to consumers.


This paper presents the first review of blockchain technology and delves into its value in SCM. This work will help researchers in identifying the areas where blockchain is the most desirable and can be implemented.



Gurtu, A. and Johny, J. (2019), "Potential of blockchain technology in supply chain management: a literature review", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 49 No. 9, pp. 881-900.



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