Blockchain applied to sustainability in supply chains

proposing research agendas


  • Paulo Henrique dos Santos Instituto Federal de Goiás
  • José Elenilson Cruz Instituto Federal de Brasília
  • Daniel Soares de Souza Instituto Federal de Brasília
  • Cassiomar Rodrigues Lopes Instituto Federal de Goiás



Disruptive technology, Innovation, systematic literature review


This study aims to identify the current stage of the application of Blockchain technology to sustainability in supply chains, in order to propose research agendas to direct new studies on the topic. The study is exploratory and descriptive and was carried out through a systematic literature review, with searches in the Science Direct, Web of Science and Scopus databases. The final sample consists of 58 articles (45 empirical and 13 theoretical). The most frequent methodological aspects and limitations were extracted from the empirical studies, and eight research agendas were created from the entire sample, consisting of 31 updated, unpublished propositions consistent with literature notes for the direction of future studies. It was identified that (1) Blockchain technology applied to sustainability in supply chains is in the development phase, (2) research on this topic only started in 2019, (3) the main point in terms of method for future work is the longitudinal time frame, (4) the main themes highlighted are: impacts of Blockchain on the sustainability of supply chains, pre- and post-adoption barriers of Blockchain in sustainable supply chains and (5) new studies should target agricultural chains and food.


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