Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Information Systems

Advisor

Cronan, Paul

Reader

Steelman, Zach

Abstract

Blockchain is one of these new and disruptive technologies being developed; it is predicted to change the landscape of business in an extremely similar fashion as the Internet did. In lay terms, blockchain is a new technology designed to secure privacy (Collins, 2016), cut out unnecessary middleman costs (Eha, 2017), dramatically lower the cost of transactions (Iansiti & Lakhani, 2009), lower transaction time (Underwood, 2016), and assist in making assets become more liquid and appealing (like cash) because they are more easily transferable (Paech, 2016). Blockchain functions like a ledger; it is able to keep track of an asset’s ownership by recording transactions made. It is likely that this is the direction the businesses are heading towards. Blockchain’s many applications across nearly every industry is simply too good of an opportunity to pass over. Governments can become more efficient in holding information, taxes, and property rights, while also reducing fraud (Brody, 2017). The financial services sector will be completely transformed and has already been successful in a few firms (Fanning & Centers, 2016). It has been used in a solar energy company (Rutkin, 2017), has been shown that it can assist in self-driving vehicle environments (Sharma, 2017), and will be able to solve many problems in the IoT landscape as a fundamental technology (Drubin, 2017). As technology progresses, there will be more solutions created to solve for the issues blockchain has in scalability and power consumption.

Keywords

Blockchain, Information Systems, Business Intelligence

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