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    Drivers of adopting blockchain technology: An empirical study
    (Wichita State University, 2023-07) Nitu, Fariha Noor; Barut, Mehmet
    With the invention of Bitcoin in 2008 Blockchain came into the limelight. Since then, it has evolved over the decade and is the greatest technology today for secure information sharing. Although a variety of problems can be solved by adopting blockchain technology, this technology is still struggling to conquer the market as expected. This thesis investigates the drivers of adopting blockchain technology in business organizations' supply chain functions by considering theoretical and empirical approaches. It also presents the positive and negative relations between different constructs of a proposed research model. Our findings provide directions for supply chain professionals for considering important factors in adopting the emerging blockchain technology into their supply chain process. Keywords: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Supply Chain, Bitcoin, EDI, TAM, UTAUT, Innovation Diffusion, Technology Management, Technology Adaptation.
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    A SWOT analysis on the use of blockchain in supply chains
    (Wichita State University, 2020-05) Nwagwu, Urenna; Barut, Mehmet
    About two decades ago, the internet emerged as a highly disruptive technology. In today’s word, Blockchain has gained much hype as a disruptive technology like the internet. Thus, this thesis investigates the technology using a SWOT analysis, which is a hallmark of a strategic plan and enables industries such as the Healthcare Industry, Food Industry, Automotive Industry, and Financial Industry to tackle possible handicaps of Blockchain within their supply chain. The research method used in achieving the analysis is a qualitative content analysis using Atlas.ti software. In conclusion the strengths found in the study can be used to mitigate the risks of internal weaknesses, hinge against external threats and optimize the opportunities Blockchain technology present in industrial supply chain.