Hybrid Design in Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)

This project explores the phenomenon of decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs, which are a novel form of organizing that utilizes blockchain technology to manage and automate participation by community members in a decentralized fashion. Notably, some firms with non-financial goals are creating DAOs and delegating decision making to these communities as a way to help the firm maintain fidelity to its non-financial goals. We leverage a multiple case study design to examine the role that firm hierarchies play in structuring the participation and decision-making of DAO communities and investigate how the ideology of techno-optimism informs the way firms attempt to utilize DAO communities to resolve the tensions of hybridity, and to what effect. (With Mike Lee, INSEAD)

Researcher(s) from our Institute involved
Vivianna Fang He

Vivianna Fang He

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