Blockchain technology has captivated the interest of both businesses and researchers ever since the advent of Bitcoin in 2009. Basic Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) simplifies data sharing and replication, while the integration of a consensus protocol extends its functionality to the management of digital rights, encompassing cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets. Within a blockchain network, actors ensure the integrity of transactions by participating in maintaining, updating, and validating token transactions, hence reducing the risk of double-spending.
While the original function of blockchain is facilitating cryptocurrency transfers, its applications have since transcended this initial purpose. Blockchain now offers extensive utility across various domains including a diverse spectrum of FinTech innovations, and the tokenization of inter-organizational exchanges in consortia to optimize processes within supply chains, logistics, global trade, the Internet of Things, healthcare, and energy, among others. Although the full scope of blockchain’s impact is still unfolding, we’ve already witnessed a substantial surge in the prevalence and significance of Web3 applications. These encompass groundbreaking developments like Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and the immersive realm of the Metaverse, all of which present promising avenues for business research.
In addition to DLT-related Fintech research, we welcome investigations into alternative technologies. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have enabled deeper insights into market dynamics and customer behavior. Established and emerging financial institutions are leveraging AI algorithms to revolutionize trading, risk management, and client interactions, with conversational agents playing a pivotal role in customer engagement. Concurrently, the banking sector faces mounting pressure to align with regulatory requirements and demonstrate commitment to sustainability.
This track seeks to highlight innovative research in the realms of Blockchain, DLT, and Fintech, while fostering discussions on their present and future trajectories. We extend an invitation for both theoretical and empirical studies adopting diverse perspectives, including behavioral, computational, design science, economics, and organizational ones.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- Theories of next-generation Blockchain, DLT, and Fintech
- Security, privacy, trust and governance of Blockchain, DLT, and Fintech
- Protocols and algorithms for Blockchain, DLT, and Fintech
- Blockchain, DLT, or Fintech-empowered Web 3 applications, designs and architectures
- Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and smart contracts
- Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
- Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
- Metaverse analysis and design paradigms in various business sectors
- Blockchain-enabled incentive mechanisms in Metaverse
- Transaction mechanisms in Web 3 platforms
- Blockchain’s role in social innovation and impact
- Tokenization and the transition to the token economy
- Fintech innovations: robo-advisory, algorithmic trading, and more
- Generative AI and its applications in Web 3 and Fintech domains
- Leona Chandra Kruse, University of Agder
- Yanzhen Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Amanda Chu, The Education University of Hong Kong
- Raffaele Ciriello, The University of Sydney
- Ping Fan Ke, Singapore Management University
- Xiaofan Li, National University of Singapore
- Xiaofan Liu, City University of Hong Kong
- Jiaqi Yan, Nanjing University
- Xi Zhao, Xi’an Jiaotong University
- Vincent Zhuang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University