Management control in inter-firm relationships: Opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology adoption

Author/s Giovanna Centorrino, Guido Noto, Daniela Rupo
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/3 Language English
Pages 24 P. 65-88 File size 325 KB
DOI 10.3280/MACO2022-003004
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Accounting research has not yet focused on the potential contribution of blockchain technology (BT) to the management control of inter-firm relationships. This study explores to what extent BT addresses some of the key issues related to inter-organizational control identified in the previous literature on the topic. The research is based on the case study approach. In particular, in order to address the research objectives, the study develops the case study of ROUGE (Red Orange Upgrading Green Economy), a project implementing BT in the production and distribution of the Sicilian red orange. The study identifies, explores and discusses the key opportunities and challenges related to BT adoption in inter-firm settings management control. While BT may allow to improve data management and operations, build trust and foster collaboration, its implementation requires tackling technology and cultural resistance. The last years have been characterized by a significant increase in studies focusing on BT and accounting. However, few have developed empirical cases. Moreover, to the author’s knowledge, this is the first study specifically focused on BT and inter-organizational management control.

Keywords: Management control, Blockchain technology, Inter-firm relationship, Agri-food, Supply chain

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Giovanna Centorrino, Guido Noto, Daniela Rupo, Management control in inter-firm relationships: Opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology adoption in "MANAGEMENT CONTROL" 3/2022, pp 65-88, DOI: 10.3280/MACO2022-003004