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An Investigation of the Implementation of Blockchain in the Food Supply Chain of Ireland

Whiteley, Tracey (2020) An Investigation of the Implementation of Blockchain in the Food Supply Chain of Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Blockchain technologies were originally made popular through their application in Bitcoin. Blockchain is a distributed ledger with benefits including enhanced traceability and transparency leading to increased consumer confidence. Blockchain technologies have been integrated with other existing technologies to allow for free-flowing data throughout a supply chain. We have seen its use in financial transactions, logistical processes, and data management systems.

Blockchain has been integrated into food supply chain networks to provide the end consumer with a full farm to fork view of the processes and steps involved to get the product to them. This has opened a door for improvements on reliability, transparency, trust, and traceability throughout the food sector. Many studied have been conducted across many areas including Asia and North America, with few conducted on companies in Europe.

The Irish economy exports most of the food sectors produce. Much of this sector utilises traditional methods. The ability to provide a fully transparent environment for the food sector will provide the consumer with confidence the product they are getting is sustainably sources, farmed, processed, and sold. Research into potential applications of blockchain within Irish food sectors has not been visible. There is a lack of understanding as to the current implementation of this technology in Ireland.

This study uses a cross-sectional approach to determine the current position of Blockchain technologies across the Irish food sector. The limited knowledge of the industry to this new technology is highlighted but also discover the current implementation of blockchain within some companies in the Irish food sector.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Food Industry
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 12:07
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 12:07
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4805

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