Inter-Organizational Blockchains: Learning from the cardossier
Date: 2019-09-30


Gerhard Schwabe has been a full professor at the University of Zurich since 2002. In Zurich he leads the Information Management Research Group with two senior researchers (Postdocs) and six doctoral students. His research interests focus on the intersection of collaborative technologies and information management. In 2017 he co-founded the UZH Blockchain Center where he coordinates the activities of about 20 professors from informatics, business, economics, finance, and law. The UZH Blockchain Center operates in the heart of the Crypto Valley which ranges from Zug to Zurich. Gerhard Schwabe is currently heading its steering committee. Furthermore, more than a decade ago, he has set up a research stream on supporting financial advisory services and more recently doctor-patient interaction.


Blockchain technologies have rapidly become more mature and moved beyond cryptocurrencies. One important blockchain use case is interorganizational systems. This talk presents the results of a three-year research effort to put the history of a car (import, registration, repairs, insurance events....) into a shared blockchain. The cardossier is an industry - research collaboration with major players of the Swiss car-ecosystem and scheduled to go live in 2020 ( We discuss the cardossier idea, architectural choices, the role of trust, blockchain business models, and blockchain governance.