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Blockchain Manufacturing, Transport, and Production: Value Chains and Finance for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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In recent years, blockchain-powered supply chain management systems have transitioned from proof of concept to off-the-shelf services capable of securely tracking and managing the flow of goods across the entire value chain. The range of opportunities for upgrading existing supply chain management technologies with blockchain-based systems are now well established, yet little scholarly attention has been paid to the complete ecosystem within which these products and services operate. In what ways will these emerging technologies struggle to meet existing service agreements, security requirements, and regulatory compliance? Future opportunities for blockchain and cryptocurrency-based supply chain systems, such as supply chain crypto-finance, expedited border control, IoT-enabled reverse logistics, blockchain-based content distribution networks, and autonomous delivery—going well beyond the simple tracking of goods—have been proposed but are yet to materialize. What benefits and business opportunities might these innovations create for suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors? What risks and challenges do these technologies pose for businesses, regulators, and society?

This Research Topic focuses on the impacts, risks, and benefits of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and token systems for the transfer, tracking, and management of physical and digital goods and services. We welcome scholarly contributions related to but not limited by the following research topics:

• Critical and empirical analyses of advanced supply and value chain networks using blockchain and token technologies
• Identification of social and commercial risk factors for blockchain-based supply chain systems
• Assessments of digital content distribution networks built with blockchain technologies
• Analyses of embedded and IoT token systems that interconnect with logistics and manufacturing technologies
• Surveys of regulatory challenges facing blockchain-based supply chain management
• Critiques and analyses of financial management using cryptoeconomic, cryptocurrency, and token systems for supply chain and manufacturing environments


Keywords: blockchain logistics, supply chain management, logistics, cryptoeconomics, smart manufacturing


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 recent years, blockchain-powered supply chain management systems have transitioned from proof of concept to off-the-shelf services capable of securely tracking and managing the flow of goods across the entire value chain. The range of opportunities for upgrading existing supply chain management technologies with blockchain-based systems are now well established, yet little scholarly attention has been paid to the complete ecosystem within which these products and services operate. In what ways will these emerging technologies struggle to meet existing service agreements, security requirements, and regulatory compliance? Future opportunities for blockchain and cryptocurrency-based supply chain systems, such as supply chain crypto-finance, expedited border control, IoT-enabled reverse logistics, blockchain-based content distribution networks, and autonomous delivery—going well beyond the simple tracking of goods—have been proposed but are yet to materialize. What benefits and business opportunities might these innovations create for suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors? What risks and challenges do these technologies pose for businesses, regulators, and society?

This Research Topic focuses on the impacts, risks, and benefits of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and token systems for the transfer, tracking, and management of physical and digital goods and services. We welcome scholarly contributions related to but not limited by the following research topics:

• Critical and empirical analyses of advanced supply and value chain networks using blockchain and token technologies
• Identification of social and commercial risk factors for blockchain-based supply chain systems
• Assessments of digital content distribution networks built with blockchain technologies
• Analyses of embedded and IoT token systems that interconnect with logistics and manufacturing technologies
• Surveys of regulatory challenges facing blockchain-based supply chain management
• Critiques and analyses of financial management using cryptoeconomic, cryptocurrency, and token systems for supply chain and manufacturing environments


Keywords: blockchain logistics, supply chain management, logistics, cryptoeconomics, smart manufacturing


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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