The manufacturing industry requires intra- and inter-organizational collaboration to cope with increasing cost pressure, high market dynamics, and sophisticated customer requirements. Therefore, many solutions emerged in recent years that enable the sharing or trading of production capacities in different industries. These solutions are based on a centralized platform. The business model of those platforms introduces transaction costs for users. Additionally, these platforms often create lasting dependencies, lack transparency, and therefore trust. At the same time, new technologies such as blockchain emerged, which promise to solve these various issues by enabling decentralized transactions. This paper uses a design science research approach to develop an infrastructure for decentralized collaborative manufacturing. Therefore, we matched requirements for existing platform approaches to decentralizing technologies. To evaluate the approach, we conducted expert interviews to verify the usefulness and assess potential improvements to extend existing research dimensions of collaboration systems.
Hofmann, Adrian; Freichel, Chiara; and Winkelmann, Axel, "A Decentralized Marketplace for Collaborative Manufacturing" (2021). ECIS 2021 Research Papers. 135.
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