Toward a renaissance of cooperatives fostered by Blockchain on electronic marketplaces: a theory-driven case study approach

  • Tobias Kollmann
  • Simon Hensellek
  • Katharina de CruppeEmail author
  • André Sirges
Research Paper
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Potential and Limits of Blockchain Technology for Networked Businesses


Currently, there is a disparity of value distribution on electronic marketplaces. This is because central platform operators benefit monetarily from collecting and matching electronic information from users. Although those platforms are fueled by user information, only a small share is distributed to their users. However, in turn, disruptive technologies such as the Blockchain technology have the potential to counteract this imbalance of benefits. Through a theory-driven case study approach, this study considers principles of cooperative theory as a foundation of Blockchain-enabled electronic marketplaces (BEEMs). Specifically, we show that using the Blockchain technology can foster a renaissance of cooperative principles on electronic marketplaces.


Blockchain Cooperatives Electronic marketplaces Business models Value distribution 

JEL classification

O3 Innovation Research and Development Technological Change Intellectual Property Rights 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Business AdministrationUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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