Relevant dates

Submissions due by March 15

Replies by April 15 

The Workshop will be held on June 10, at Stockholm University’s Kista campus

Submissions to be sent to the following workshop organisers:;; and

Description of Workshop

The first blockchain - a peer to peer virtual currency system - was introduced in October 2008 as part of a proposal for Bitcoin by Satoshi Nakamato, that “eschewed a central authority for issuing currency, transferring ownership, and confirming transactions” (Iansiti and Lakhani, 2017).

Today’s applications of such systems range from low novelty and complexity initiatives (e.g. Bitcoin payments) to high novelty and complex initiatives (e.g. self-executing contracts). There are also nuanced mature Blockchain supply chain tracking initiatives in multiple domains. However, research pertaining to Blockchain is still at an early stage, specifically from an organizational readiness perspective. Building on the success of last year’s ECIS workshop in Portsmouth, UK, the aim of this workshop is to advance the theoretical discussion on Blockchain from an organizational readiness perspective and to provide substantial feedback to authors with an interactive format. This workshop is open to both early-stage research and experienced researchers and offers networking opportunities.

The workshop will take place over two half-days and will take a hybrid format encompassing paper sessions and interactive hands-on feedback. The goal of the workshop is twofold: (1) giving feedback to the authors and helping them to develop their ideas, and (2) providing networking and collaboration opportunities.

Submission Requirements/Limits

Workshop participants are selected based on extended abstracts. These abstracts can either be ideas or suggestions for academic papers or research collaborations. Either way, they should be early stage, but show some potential. In the abstract the authors should indicate whether they are interested in networking or simply want to get feedback on their paper. In either case, they should provide a concrete idea on the topic they are interested in. The extended abstracts should not exceed two (2) pages. The submitted abstracts should outline a research question and the method being used. There are no restrictions pertaining to the academic approach. Conceptual abstracts are fine, as are empirical (theory building and –testing) and design science papers. The workshop will be restricted to 30 participants. Accepted authors will be allocated to teams based on similar blockchain research interests and situated at roundtables. Accepted authors will be expected to read all accepted papers prior to the workshop. Initially, the authors will briefly present an overview of their research. They will then receive constructive feedback from both mentors and fellow authors.

Facilitating team

Dr. Trevor Clohessy, Assistant Professor
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr. Horst Treiblmaier, Professor
Modul University Vienna, Austria

Dr. Christian Sillaber,
Senior Fellow, Zicklin Center at Wharton, USA

Mr Eamon Walsh,
PhD Researcher Head of Department, Accounting & Information Systems School of Business Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr. Grace Fox,
Assistant Professor Dublin City University, Ireland