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See detailElectricity powered by blockchain: A review with a European perspective
Roth, Tamara UL; Utz, Manuel; Baumgarte, Felix et al

in Applied Energy (2022), 325

Blockchain is no longer just a hype technology, and effective blockchain applications exist in many industries. Yet, few blockchain projects have been successful in Europe’s energy systems. To identify ... [more ▼]

Blockchain is no longer just a hype technology, and effective blockchain applications exist in many industries. Yet, few blockchain projects have been successful in Europe’s energy systems. To identify the reasons for this slow progress, we reviewed the recent energy literature regarding the use of blockchain, analyzed industry reports, and interviewed experts who have conducted blockchain projects in Europe’s energy systems. Our analysis reveals eight common use cases, their expected benefits, and the challenges encountered. We find that the expected benefits are often little more than generic hopes, largely outweighed by technological, organizational, and regulatory challenges. The identified challenges are significant and numerous, especially for peer-to-peer trading and microgrid use cases. The fact that few projects have yet provided robust evidence for profitable use suggests there is still a rocky road ahead. Moreover, many use cases appear to require more than just blockchain technology to succeed. In particular, privacy and scalability requirements often call for systems in which blockchains only take a backseat. This realization may be essential for the future use of blockchain technology in energy systems – in Europe and beyond. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Cultural Fit in the Adoption of Fashionable IT: A Blockchain Case Study
Roth, Tamara UL; Rieger, Alexander UL; Utz, Manuel et al

in Forty-Third International Conference on Information Systems (2022, October)

Investments in fashionable IT do not make organizations more successful than investments in less fashionable alternatives. Many organizations nevertheless associate with fashionable IT to signal ... [more ▼]

Investments in fashionable IT do not make organizations more successful than investments in less fashionable alternatives. Many organizations nevertheless associate with fashionable IT to signal compliance with norms of progress and rationality. These decisions can be risky as fashionable IT is often surrounded by wishful and unbalanced discourse, especially in the ‘fashion up-swing’. Engagement with fashionable IT thus requires the ability to navigate hype narratives and fit the new technology into the adopting organization. Fit needs to be established in many regards, such as political and technological. In this paper, we explore a third and so far, understudied perspective: cultural fit between the values attributed to the fashionable IT through the fashion discourse and those of the recipient organizational context. Through an inductive case study of two blockchain projects, we find that cultural fit can equally be an important determinant for successful adoption of fashionable IT. Moreover, we develop a process theory for how cultural fit can be established through a process of cultural sensemaking and dissonance reduction along two recursive pathways. Adopting organizations can change their implementation of fashionable IT systems and re-frame the narratives surrounding them to fit their organization’s cultural values. Alternatively, they can transform their local or overarching organizational culture by integrating values attributed to the fashionable IT. Overall, we contribute a much-needed organizational culture perspective to IT fashions and extend the discussions on IT cultural conflict. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom ambivalence to trust: Using blockchain in customer loyalty programs
Utz, Manuel; Johanning, Simon; Roth, Tamara UL et al

in International Journal of Information Management (2022)

Global initiatives on climate protection and national sustainability policies are accelerating the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. Many electricity suppliers are engaged in ... [more ▼]

Global initiatives on climate protection and national sustainability policies are accelerating the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. Many electricity suppliers are engaged in efforts to monetize this transition with ‘green’ services and products, such as Green Electricity Tariffs. These promise customers that their supply includes a specific share of green electricity, yet since electricity suppliers often fail to deliver on those promises, many customers have lost trust in their suppliers. Further information asymmetries may not only exacerbate this loss of trust, but also spark distrust and lead to an overall feeling of ambivalence. Eventually, ambivalent customers may feel inclined to switch suppliers. To prevent this domino effect, electricity suppliers must eliminate ambivalence by increasing customer trust and reducing customer distrust. Here, we discuss how these challenges can be met with a customer loyalty program built on blockchain technology. We developed the program following a Design Science Research approach that facilitated refinement in four iteration and evaluation cycles. Our results indicate that the developed customer loyalty program restores trust, reduces distrust, and resolves customer ambivalence by providing four features: improved customer agency, sufficient and verifiable information, appropriate levels of usability, and unobstructed data access. [less ▲]

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