Blockchains for Business Process Management - Challenges and Opportunities

Jan Mendling, Ingo Weber, Wil Van Der Aalst, Jan vom Brocke, Cristina Cabanillas, Florian Daniel, Soren Debois, Claudio Di Ciccio, Marlon Dumas, Schahram Dustdar, Avigdor Gal, Luciano Garcia-Banuelos, Guido Governatori, T. Richard Hull, Marcello La Rosa, Henrik Leopold, Frank Leymann, Jan Recker, Manfred Reichert, Hajo A. ReijersStefanie Rinderle-Ma, Andreas Rogge-Solti, Michael Rosemann, Stefan Schulte, Munindar P. Singh, Tijs Slaats, Mark Staples, Barbara Weber, Matthias Weidlich, Mathias Weske, Xiwei Xu, Liming Zhu

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Blockchain technology offers a sizable promise to rethink the way inter-organizational business processes are managed because of its potential to realize execution without a central party serving as a single point of trust (and failure). To stimulate research on this promise and the limits thereof, in this paper we outline the challenges and opportunities of blockchain for Business Process Management (BPM). We first reflect how blockchains could be used in the context of the established BPM lifecycle and second how they might become
relevant beyond. We conclude our discourse with a summary of seven research directions for investigating the application of blockchain technology in the context of BPM
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalACM Transactions on Management Information Systems
Issue number1
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Blockchain
  • Business Process Management
  • Research Challenges

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