A case study on business model innovations using Blockchain: focusing on financial institutions

JaeShup Oh, Ilho Shong
2017 Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship  
Purpose -Blockchain is a distributed ledger, in which the blocks containing transaction details are connected chronologically to form a series of chains, thus raising the possibility of improving the process and innovating business model for the financial institutions. The purpose of this paper is to study the actual cases of Blockchain applied in Korea in 2017, so that a vision of business model innovation of financial institutions can be drawn. Design/methodology/approach -The financial
more » ... The financial institutions in Korea are in the technology verification stage to introduce Blockchain technology. Since there is an insufficient amount of actual measurement data, case study method was adopted. The authors interviewed ICT officers of major banks in Korea. The purpose of the interview was to understand the relationship between Blockchain and business models of financial institutions, and the effects and challenges that Blockchain has on the business model of financial institutions. Findings -From the perspective of financial institutions, the emergence of Blockchain does not just have technical significanceemergence of highly efficient database systembut has the possibility that if the business model of existing financial intermediaries disappears or get reduced, the financial services relying on them can disappear altogether, or some of them can be replaced, and financial transaction patterns of consumers can be changed. As a case studies researched for this paper, it was discovered that the distributed characteristic of Blockchain cannot be applied when actually developing financial services.
doi:10.1108/apjie-12-2017-038 fatcat:zej2cuwgxzbejmtyt4qyqtgqri