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Blockchain-Enabled Corporate Governance and Regulation

Dulani Jayasuriya Daluwathumullagamage () and Alexandra Sims ()
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Dulani Jayasuriya Daluwathumullagamage: Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Alexandra Sims: Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of Commercial Law, University of Auckland, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

International Journal of Financial Studies, 2020, vol. 8, issue 2, 1-1

Abstract: There is considerable hype about blockchain in almost every industry, including finance, with significant investments globally. We conduct a systematic review of 851 records and construct a final article sample of 183 for the sample period 2012 to 2020 to identify relevant factors for blockchain adoption in corporate governance. We conduct textual and empirical analysis to develop a decentralized autonomous governance framework and link traditional corporate governance theories to blockchain adoption. Furthermore, we explore present and future use cases and implications of blockchains in corporate governance. Using our systematic review and textual analysis, we further identify gaps and common trends between prior academic and industry literature. Moreover, for our empirical analysis, we compile a unique database of blockchain investments to forecast future investments. In addition, we explore blockchain potential in corporate governance during and post COVID-19. We find prior academic articles to mostly focus on regulation (49 studies) and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) (46 studies), while industry articles tend to concentrate on exchanges (10 studies) and cryptocurrencies (9 articles). A significant growth in literature is observed for 2017 and 2018. Finally, we provide behavioural, regulatory, ethical and managerial perspectives of blockchain adoption in corporate governance.

Keywords: blockchain; disruptive technology; corporate governance; corporate voting; tokenisation; smart contracts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G1 G2 G3 F2 F3 F41 F42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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