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The Real Business of Blockchain: How Leaders Can Create Value in a New Digital Age

David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, $32, 272 pages, Oct. 2019, ISBN: 978-1-633-69804-8


A blockchain provides a verifiable and permanent record of transactions between two parties via a five-part architecture that includes distribution, encryption, immutability, tokenization, and decentralization. And while the concept uses existing technologies, it is upending the way businesses streamline processes, create and trade assets, and leverage artificial intelligence and the internet of things. These are just a few of the potential applications for blockchains, which might change the way companies and societies operate as it becomes more widely adopted.

This book explores the value blockchains can offer to businesses, and helps leaders apply and leverage blockchains to make their business operations more effective, reliable, and secure. Readers will learn how to assess blockchains and their potential impact, as well as position their organizations within this new...

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