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Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Technology in Supply Chain Management

Information on the Thesis

Type of Final Thesis: Bachelor, Master
Supervisor: Niclas Kannengießer
Research Group: Critical Information Infrastructures

Archive Number: 4.318
Status of Thesis: Already Assigned
Date of start: 2019-04-08

Further Information

During the last years, globalization in production and manufacturing has increased the need for shortening communication paths to ease and accelerate information sharing between companies all over the world. To speed up communication and to increase automation, numerous digital systems have been developed and integrated in production and manufacturing processes in companies. The integrated systems help companies to improve and facilitate information exchange regarding their supply chain. Currently used supply chain management (SCM) systems are based on a centralized architecture connecting involved parties and enable information sharing. In general, centralized architectures constitute a single point of failure (SPoF), have issues on scalability and performance and are more vulnerable to cyberattacks than decentralized systems. The potential of DLT in the field of SCM is highly discussed and first approaches on the integration of DLT in SCM have already been presented. For instance, there are already implementations of DLT supporting traditional SCM systems by logging events in the SCM or for quality management. However, there is only little known about the integration of DLT as a core technology for privacy preserving access management and logging in SCM. We are especially interested in theses aiming to leverage DLT for SCM systems by employing a conceptual or implementation-focused approach.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Access right management and data sharing between suppliers of a supply chain leveraging DLT
  • Development and validation of concept for leveraging DLT in SCM

This is an umbrella topic since work with a strong focus on theory will only work with a strong personal interest. The suitability of a topic you propose will be discussed during a first meeting.

Introductory literature:

Chen, S., Shi, R., Ren, Z., Yan, J., Shi, Y., & Zhang, J. (2017). A Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Quality Management Framework. In 2017 IEEE 14th International Conference on e-Business Engineering (pp. 172–176). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEBE.2017.34

Dukkipati, C., Zhang, Y., & Cheng, L. C. (2018). Decentralized, BlockChain Based Access Control Framework for the Heterogeneous Internet of Things (pp. 61–69). https://doi.org/10.1145/3180457.3180458

Li, Z., Wu, H., King, B., Miled, Z. B., Wassick, J., & Tazelaar, J. (2017). On the Integration of Event-Based and Transaction-Based Architectures for Supply Chains. In 2017 IEEE 37th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops (pp. 376–382). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICDCSW.2017.51

Lummus, R. R., & Vokurka, R. J. (1999). Defining supply chain management: a historical perspective and practical guidelines. Industrial Management &Data Systems, 99(1), 11–17. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635579910243851

Nakamoto, S. (2008). Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Retrieved from https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf