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Blockchain as a driving force for federalism : A theory of cross-organizational task-technology fit

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Roth, Tamara ; Stohr, Alexander ; Amend, Julia ; Fridgen, Gilbert ; Rieger, Alexander:
Blockchain as a driving force for federalism : A theory of cross-organizational task-technology fit.
In: International Journal of Information Management. (2022) . - No. 102476.
ISSN 0268-4012
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2022.102476

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Digital technologies play an important role for the delivery of many public services. However, selecting and adopting the ‘right’ digital technologies is often challenging, especially for federally structured governments. Universal factors for successful adoption are hard to establish, and the particularities of federalism, such as the separation of competencies, complicate technology selection. Nevertheless, blockchain technology seems to flourish in these environments. Through a single-case study on the blockchain project of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, we unpack one essential factor for this success: the fit between (cross-)organizational task structure and technological properties. This fit earns the Federal Office’s project considerable credit and traction with stakeholders and partner authorities - not least because it supports the argument that the digitalization of federal systems is possible without ‘digital centralization’ and redistribution of competencies. Our task-technology fit analysis contributes to a better understanding of the adoption of blockchain in the public sector. It also provides the foundation for an extended task-technology fit theory for federally structured, cross-organizational contexts.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Blockchain; Public sector; Federalism; Organizing principles; Task-technology fit
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVII - Information Systems and Value-Based Business Process Management
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 07:33
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 07:33
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/68519