Blockchain-Based Traceability of Inter-organisational Business Processes

Claudio Di Ciccio, Alessio Cecconi, Jan Mendling, Dominik Felix, Dominik Haas, Daniel Lilek, Florian Riel, Andreas Rumpl, Philipp Uhlig

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Konferenzband

Abstract

Blockchain technology opens up new opportunities for Business Process Management. This is mainly due to its unprecedented capability to let transactions be automatically executed and recorded by Smart Contracts in multi-peer environments, in a decentralised fashion and without central authoritative players to govern the workflow. In this way, blockchains also provide traceability. Traceability of information plays a pivotal role particularly in those supply chains where multiple parties are involved and rigorous criteria must be fulfilled to lead to a successful outcome. In this paper, we investigate how to run a business process in the context of a supply chain on a blockchain infrastructure so as to provide full traceability of its run-time enactment. Our approach retrieves information to trace process instances execution solely from the transactions written on-chain. To do so, hash-codes are reverse-engineered based on the Solidity Smart Contract encoding of the generating process. We show the results of our investigation by means of an implemented software prototype, with a case study on the reportedly challenging context of the pharmaceutical supply chain.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Titel des SammelwerksBusiness Modeling and Software Design - 8th International Symposium, BMSD 2018, July 2-4, 2018, Proceedings
Herausgeber*innen Boris Shishkov
ErscheinungsortVienna, Austria
VerlagSpringer
Seiten56 - 68
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94214-8
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2018

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