Influential barriers to blockchain technology implementation in agri-food supply chain

Priyanka Vern, Anupama Panghal*, Rahul S Mor*, Sachin S Kamble, Md Shamimul Islam, Syed Abdul Rehman Khan

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Blockchain technology offers undeniable benefits of enhanced transparency, reliability, and information accuracy to agri-food supply chains. Currently, the implementation of this technology has associated challenges. This paper explores the influential barriers to implementing blockchain technology (BCT) in the agri-food supply chain (AFSC). An integrated literature review approach and expert opinions were employed to explore the influential barriers. The barriers were modelled using the hybrid fuzzy-based decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (Fuzzy-DEMATEL) approach to evaluate the interrelationship and classify them into cause-and-effect groups. As an outcome, a comprehensive framework was proposed revealing the unfamiliarity with technology, high investment cost, lack of regulations, technological infeasibility, and scalability as key influential barriers. This study will help the decision-makers to focus on influential barriers and identify the roadmap towards blockchain implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalOperations Management Research
Early online date15 Jun 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jun 2023


  • Blockchain technology
  • agri-food supply chain
  • influential barriers
  • Fuzzy-DEMATEL approach
  • digital transformations


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