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Blockchains and Smart Contracts for Business Process Management

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In the practice of blockchain implementations, smart contracts provide for the execution of sequences of interdependent transactions that may reflect underlying legal agreements. Business processes can be analogously viewed as sequences of tasks placed in causal relationship that, once executed, fulfil a particular business goal, like delivering a product or performing a service. Smart contracts, therefore, act as ideal vehicles for the implementation and automation of business processes, particularly as regards those processes that, by involving multiple parties (as for instance is the case of supply chains), need to be governed by legal agreements. In general, the mechanism of digital trust enabled by the blockchain coupled with the flexible design and easy implementation made possible by smart contracts can provide the best support to existing business processes as well as pave the way for business relationships on a global scale hitherto impracticable for costs and complications inherent to traditional methods of trust management.

The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent, and novel research trends in the fields of Blockchains and Smart Contracts for Business Process Management, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

• smart contract generation from formal representations of business processes;
• execution models of smart contracts for business processes;
• process-oriented verification methods of smart contracts;
• trust management in business processes;
• legal aspects of business processes as smart contracts;
• business processes for decentralized electronic markets;
• privacy models for blockchain-based collaborative business processes;
• data management in blockchain-based business processes.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

In the practice of blockchain implementations, smart contracts provide for the execution of sequences of interdependent transactions that may reflect underlying legal agreements. Business processes can be analogously viewed as sequences of tasks placed in causal relationship that, once executed, fulfil a particular business goal, like delivering a product or performing a service. Smart contracts, therefore, act as ideal vehicles for the implementation and automation of business processes, particularly as regards those processes that, by involving multiple parties (as for instance is the case of supply chains), need to be governed by legal agreements. In general, the mechanism of digital trust enabled by the blockchain coupled with the flexible design and easy implementation made possible by smart contracts can provide the best support to existing business processes as well as pave the way for business relationships on a global scale hitherto impracticable for costs and complications inherent to traditional methods of trust management.

The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent, and novel research trends in the fields of Blockchains and Smart Contracts for Business Process Management, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

• smart contract generation from formal representations of business processes;
• execution models of smart contracts for business processes;
• process-oriented verification methods of smart contracts;
• trust management in business processes;
• legal aspects of business processes as smart contracts;
• business processes for decentralized electronic markets;
• privacy models for blockchain-based collaborative business processes;
• data management in blockchain-based business processes.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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18 April 2021 Abstract
16 August 2021 Manuscript

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18 April 2021 Abstract
16 August 2021 Manuscript

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