Blockchain in global supply chains and cross border trade: a critical synthesis of the state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019, 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Blockchain possesses the potential of transforming global supply chain management. Gartner predicts that blockchain could be able to track $2 T of goods and services in their movement across the globe by 2023, and blockchain will be a more than $3 trillion business by 2030. Nowadays, a growing number of blockchain initiatives are disrupting traditional business models in each sector. In this paper, we provide a timely and holistic overview of the state-of-the-art, challenges, gaps and opportunities in global supply chain and trade operations for both the private sector and governmental agencies, by synthesising a wide range of resources from business leaders, global international organisations, leading supply chain consulting firms, research articles, trade magazines and conferences. We then identify collaborative schema and future research directions for industry, government, and academia to jointly work together in ensuring that the full potential of blockchain is unleashed amidst the socioeconomic, geopolitical and technological disruptions that global supply chains and trade are facing.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 55

author list (cited authors)

  • Chang, Y., Iakovou, E., & Shi, W.

citation count

  • 298

complete list of authors

  • Chang, Yanling||Iakovou, Eleftherios||Shi, Weidong

publication date

  • April 2020