Blockchain technology is regarded as highly disruptive, but there is a lack of formalization and standardization of terminology. Not only because there are several (sometimes propriety) implementation platforms, but also because the academic literature so far is predominantly written from either a purely technical or an economic application perspective. The result of the confusion is an offspring of blockchain solutions, types, roadmaps and interpretations. For blockchain to be accepted as a technology standard in established industries, it is pivotal that ordinary internet users and business executives have a basic yet fundamental understanding of the workings and impact of blockchain. This conceptual paper provides a theoretical contribution and guidance on what blockchain actually is by taking an ontological approach. Enterprise Ontology is used to make a clear distinction between the datalogical, infological and essential level of blockchain transactions and smart contracts.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2017)|
|Editors||Eric Dubois, Klaus Pohl|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2017|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science|
- enterprese ontology
- business model ontology
de Kruijff, J., & Weigand, H. (2017). Understanding the blockchain using enterprise ontology. In E. Dubois, & K. Pohl (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2017) (Vol. 10253, pp. 29-43). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10253). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59536-8_3