1 An explorative study on blockchain technology in application to port logistics Master Thesis - Management of Technology 2017 Specialization: Supply Chain Management Mattia Francisconi
2 An explorative study on blockchain technology in application to port logisticsBy Mattia Francisconi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Management of Technology at the Delft University of Technology, to be defended publicly on Monday August 21, 2017 at 16:00 PM. Supervisor: Dr. Y. Maknoon, TU Delft, T&L Thesis committee: Prof. dr. ir. MM.F.W.H.A. Janssen, TU Delft, ICT Prof. Dr. ir. L. Tavasszy TU Delft, T&L Dr. D. Baajen, Portbase
4 AcknowledgementsThe commitment on this thesis project spans over the course of six months, during which much was learnt. It was a meaningful journey, both in terms of conducting academic research and gaining personal and practical experience. This research could not have been done without the outstanding contribution of many professional people, who did not hesitate to share their knowledge and understanding on the topic with me. First and foremost, I would like to offer my gratitude to my supervisors, Dr. Yousef Maknoon, Prof. Marijn Janssen, and Prof. Lori Tavasszy; for their guidance, patience and encouragement. I was given much appreciated liberty in pursuing my ideas and follow my own path. This was combined with regular and constructive feedback that helped me to keep the right track all along the journey. Moreover, their contribution was essential to ensure academic rigor and scientific validity. I sincerely thanks Dirk Baajen and Dennis Dortland for their dedication and time spent in guiding me. Their experience and expertise had a great impact on the way I addressed and conducted my research. Their enthusiasm and commitment was inspiring throughout the research journey. Working on the thesis has been a long and at times difficult process. Understanding the real value of such an innovative technology is a process that not only requires commitment but also persistence. Therefore, I would like to thank who gave me the privilege of conducting an interview with them, and who organized and participated in the Smartport white/paper on blockchain and port logistics. At a personal level, I am very grateful to my family for their continuous support and understanding not only throughout this journey, but throughout many others. In particular, I would like to thank my parents for the outstanding example they gave me during the hard time they went through in the last few years. Last, but not least, I am grateful to all my friends here and abroad for their continuous support, genuine interest and many good talks. The support of each of them was vital throughout my education as well as in accomplishing this MSc master thesis.
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