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Diffusion of blockchain in logistics and transportation industry: an analysis through the synthesis of academic and trade literature

Anuj Batta (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Mohina Gandhi (Bharti School of Telecom Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Arpan Kumar Kar (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India and Bharti School of Telecom Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Navin Loganayagam (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Vignesh Ilavarasan (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India and Bharti School of Telecom Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 2 November 2020

Issue publication date: 20 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Blockchain technology has fascinated researchers and industry professionals. Since its birth, the attention for blockchain has been exponentially increasing, however, most of the industries are still skeptical in adoption for value creation. The purpose of this study is to analyze the actual level of implementation and diffusion of blockchain technology within the logistics and transportation industry by comparing and using the collective intelligence of academic literature and industry practices of implementation of blockchain in this domain.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses the methodology of systematic literature review along with inductive reasoning. The systematic literature review of academic and industry frontiers together has brought a bigger and real picture into consideration.

Findings

The results highlight that, within the transportation sector, currently there is a very low diffusion of blockchain, although applications show immense promises for the future. The various application where blockchain technology can make a significant impact are also identified.

Research limitations/implications

Due to the early stage of experimentation with blockchain technology, high-quality data which is relevant to the optimized usage of this technology in the logistics and transportation industry is not available.

Practical implications

The study will help the practitioners in identifying additional avenues in which they could implement blockchain for the effectiveness, efficiency and growth of the logistics and transportation industry.

Originality/value

The analysis of mixed sources of information for undertaking systematic literature review by assessing academic and trade publications is a novelty of this study.

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Citation

Batta, A., Gandhi, M., Kar, A.K., Loganayagam, N. and Ilavarasan, V. (2021), "Diffusion of blockchain in logistics and transportation industry: an analysis through the synthesis of academic and trade literature", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 378-398. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-07-2020-0105

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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