IfI Colloquium: Blockchain as Organizational Technology, February 28, 2019


Prof. Dr. Gianluca Miscione University College Dublin, Irland

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 17:15 h

Location: BIN 2.A.01


Information technologies have been changing how things get organized for a while now. Free and open source software, peer-to-peer networks, cloud computing, just to name a few waves of digital innovation, are instances of a mode of organizing which has been: a) circumventing the structures and conventions of formal organizations, and b) changing and disrupting markets while opening new ones. The most recent trend of digital innovation is blockchain, which embeds functions that used to be domain of organizations: consensus and authentication. Cryptocurrencies proved at scale the feasibility of an architecture that certifies each token on a network and differentiates it from all others. All copies are the same no more. This newly created scarcity originates both cooperation to keep the system running reliably, and rivalry between actors longing for a finite number of tokens. Thus, blockchain mode of governance is peculiar, and can be studied in application domains like markets (second-hand cars) and public authorities (land registries).


Prof. Dr. Gianluca Miscione is assistant professor in Information Systems and Organization at the Department of Management Information Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland. Since 2015 he has been director of the Centre for Innovation Technology and Organisation – CITO. Previously, he was faculty member at the Geo-information and Organization at the University of Twente (Netherlands) and at the Department of Informatics of the University of Oslo (Norway). His research interests are on the interplay between technologies and organizing processes.
Currently, he is on sabbatical at the University of Zürich, fellow of the Digital Society Initiative, and guest member of the Blockchain Competence Center.