Niels Hackius is a Researcher at the Kühne Logistics University and focuses on Blockchain in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He currently works on the project ChainLog – a research project assessing and addressing the Blockchain needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in the logistics sector.
Before joining KLU, Niels worked as a research associate at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) for six years, where he was one of the organizers of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL), and completed several research projects. Namely, he worked on the 2017 edition of the “Trends and Strategies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management” as well as on the IHATEC research project “Release Order based on Blockchain” for the Port of Hamburg. TUHH-based Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Kersten is currently supervising his doctoral thesis on “Blockchain in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.”
Beyond his academic interests, Niels Hackius is a certified Ethereum developer, holds a Master’s degree in medical engineering, and has worked with Johnsson&Johnsson as well as the UKE Hamburg.
Hackius, Niels and Moritz Petersen (2020): Translating High Hopes Into Tangible Benefits: How Incumbents in Supply Chain and Logistics Approach Blockchain, IEEE Access, 8: 34993-35003.
Abstract: Blockchain is expected to have a transformational effect on supply chain and logistics due to its promise to improve the information flow between the supply chain partners. However, despite their high hopes, incumbent companies from supply chain and logistics are still struggling to deliver on this promise. In this explorative, qualitative interview study, we identify how incumbent companies try to make use of Blockchain in supply chain and logistics and we also analyze the barriers hampering them. The analysis of twenty-four semi-structured expert interviews and extensive secondary data collates a comprehensive picture of incumbent companies' activities around Blockchain adoption. We find that companies use Blockchain to drive digital transformation, constitute new business models and unify the industry through consortia. The main barriers to such solutions are a lack of technological usability and long-term uncertainties. The results of our study provide evidence for theoretical constructs and guide managerial practice.
Petersen, Moritz, Niels Hackius and Birgit See (2018): Mapping the Sea of Opportunities: Blockchain in Supply Chain and Logistics, it - Information Technology, 60 (5-6): 263-271.
Abstract: Driven by successful pilot projects in supply chain and logistics, Blockchain has become one of the industry's latest technology hypes. In this paper, we cut through the hype and shed light on the expectations of industry professionals towards the benefits and challenges of Blockchain. Also, we categorize current Blockchain applications that are expected to provide tangible benefits for supply chain and logistics processes. To explore such potentials, we argue that companies should gain own first-hand experiences through small-scale experiments.
Petersen, Moritz, Niels Hackius and Wolfgang Kersten (2016): Blockchains für Produktion und Logistik: Grundlagen, Potenziale und Anwendungsfälle, Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, 111 (10): 626-629.
Abstract: Blockchain ist eine neue Technologie, mit deren Hilfe Transaktionen dezentral, manipulationssicher und transparent für alle Mitglieder eines Netzwerks abgewickelt werden können. Besonders im Finanzsektor wird Blockchain derzeit als disruptive Schlüsseltechnologie gehandelt, deren Anwendungsmöglichkeiten jedoch weit über die Branche hinausgehen. Um das Potenzial von Blockchain für Produktion und Logistik zu verdeutlichen, werden in diesem Beitrag exemplarische Anwendungsfälle vorgestellt.
Hackius, Niels and Moritz Petersen (2017): Blockchain in Logistics and Supply Chain: Trick or Treat?, in: Kersten, Wolfgang, Thorsten Blecker and Christian M. Ringle (ed.): Digitalization in Supply Chain Management and Logistics: Proceedings of Hamburg International Conference of Logistics, epubli: Hamburg, 3-18.
Abstract: Blockchain is an emergent technology concept that enables the decentralized and im-mutable storage of verified data. Over the last few years, it has increasingly attracted the attention of different industries. Especially in Fintech, Blockchain is hyped as the silver bullet that might overthrow today’s payment handling. Slowly, the logistics and supply chain man-agement community realizes how profoundly Blockchain could affect their industry. To shed light on this emerging field, we conducted an online survey and asked logistics professionals for their opinion on use case exemplars, barriers, facilitators, and the general prospects of Blockchain in logistics and supply chain management. We found most of our participants are fairly positive about this new technology and the benefits it offers. However, factors like the hierarchical level, Blockchain experiences, and the industry sector have a significant impact on the participants’ evaluation. We reason that the benefits over existing IT solutions must be carved out more carefully and use cases must be further explored to get a rather conservative industry, like logistics, more excited about Blockchain.
Hackius, Niels, Sven Reimers and Wolfgang Kersten (2019): The Privacy Barrier for Blockchain in Logistics: First Lessons from the Port of Hamburg, in: Bierwirth, Christian (ed.): Logistics Management, 45-61.
Abstract: Blockchain technology is associated with greatly beneficial applications for supply chain and logistics (SC&L), two of which are to trace goods across many actors, and to decentralize asset transfers without needing an intermediary. As a first use-case, actors from the Port of Hamburg are planning to implement blockchain to improve the sea freight container release by providing a common data platform for sea freight carriers, terminals, truck companies, and freight forwarders. Currently, releasing containers from the port’s terminals to trucks requires proof of ownership for the recipient to take custody. In practice, this proof passes through many hands causing duplication of information flow and ownership evidence. We conducted workshops and short interviews with experts providing first-hand insight into the use-case. Using blockchain in the process provides improvements such as traceable proof of ownership. The technology also faces barriers, with privacy concerns as one of the most prominent obstacles. A decentralized system could lead to business networks and company information being disclosed through data triangulation. We argue that privacy is a vital design consideration that affects the use of blockchain in SC&L generally.
|Since 2020||Research Associate, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany|
|2013 - 2020||Research Associate, Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, Technical University Hamburg (TUHH), Germany|
|2006 - 2013||Student Assistant, Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, Technical University Hamburg (TUHH), Germany|
|Since 2017||Doctoral Candidate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Technical University Hamburg (TUHH), Germany|
|2013||Master of Science in Medical Engineering, Technical University Hamburg (TUHH), Germany|
|2010||Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, Technical University Hamburg (TUHH), Germany|