Outside the Ivory Tower: An Academic-Practitioner Dialogue on Digital Governance

Digital technologies are increasingly reshaping our economy from separate industries to large networks or “ecosystems.” These digital networks not only blur industry boundaries and offer new business opportunities, but also pose new governance challenges. Against this backdrop, blockchain has emerged as a particularly promising technology for governing interorganizational networks. Most importantly, blockchain technologies offer firms the possibility to collaborate across large networks without relying on intermediaries and traditional forms of governance such as contracts and trust.

In this online session, we welcomed our keynote speaker Anthony Day, who is an IBM Partner and Blockchain Leader. He discussed how IBM uses blockchain solutions for large industry-spanning networks. The keynote was followed by an interactive dialogue between Marvin Hanisch (University of Groningen) and his co-authors Curtis Goldsby and Vasileios Theodosiadis from IBM Corporation. The speakers provided practical insights and tips for working together on research projects, from conception to publication, and discuss the opportunities and challenges of collaboration between academics and practitioners. From this webinar, academics and practitioners can draw useful lessons for future projects they are considering.

This event is organized by the Strategic Management Society Cooperative Strategies Interest Group to enhance academic-practitioner dialogues. The SMS is membership based organization. All the activities within SMS target the development and delivery of engagement and networking opportunities for members of the Society. By joining the Strategic Management Society as a member, you not only help further this mission, but also receive exclusive membership benefits. To learn more about membership please visit:https://www.strategicmanagement.net/home/members/overview
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