Distributed Ledger Technologies in Supply Chain Security Management: A Comprehensive Survey


Supply chains (SC) present performance bottlenecks that contribute to a high level of costs, infiltration of product quality, and impact productivity. Examples of such inhibitors include the bullwhip effect, new product lines, high inventory, and restrictive data flows. These bottlenecks can force manufacturers to source more raw materials and increase production significantly. Also, restrictive data flow in a complex global SC network generally slows down the movement of goods and services. The use of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in SC management (SCM) demonstrates the potentials to reduce these bottlenecks through transparency, decentralization, and optimizations in data management. These technologies promise to enhance the trustworthiness of entities within the SC, ensure the accuracy of data-driven operations, and enable existing SCM processes to migrate from a linear to a fully circular economy. This article presents a comprehensive review of 111 articles published in the public domain in the use and efficacy of DLT in SC. It acts as a roadmap for current and future researchers who focus on SC security management to better understand the integration of digital technologies such as DLT. We clustered these articles using standard descriptors linked to trustworthiness, namely, immutability, transparency, traceability, and integrity.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2021.3053655
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Bitcoin,Cyber resilience,Distributed ledger,Privacy,Resilience,Scalability,Security,Smart contracts,data sharing,distributed ledger technology,industry 4.0,supply chain (SC) management,trustworthiness,Strategy and Management,Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Publication ISSN: 0018-9391
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 15:25
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Published Date: 2023-02
Published Online Date: 2021-03-01
Accepted Date: 2021-01-12
Authors: Asante, Mary
Epiphaniou, Gregory
Maple, Carsten
Al-Khateeb, Haider (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8944-123X)
Bottarelli, Mirko
Ghafoor, Kayhan Zrar



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