Blockchain fundamentals


Technologies are transformative, as they transform the way we interact, do things, and think of what is possible. Blockchain is a transformative technology that is only beginning to show its impact. The simplicity of the concept of distributed ledger that guarantees trust, coupled with the social and technological context, propels the change blockchain introduces to all industries and most visibly the financial sector. Therefore, understanding blockchain is essential for future managers, entrepreneurs, and those that will live in and shape how the future will look like. This course enables students to understand the fundamental principles and main concepts of blockchain, how it will transform organizational structures and the function of organizations. It will provide students with the understanding of terms such as Decentralized Applications (dApp), Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), Smart Contracts, and eWallets. It will also introduce to students how intellectual property is managed with blockchain technologies, and how blockchain ecosystems are managed given the blockchain technology stack.  

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Leid Zejnilovic


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Yaga, D., Mell, P., Roby, N., & Scarfone, K. (2019). Blockchain Technology Overview.

Abadi, J., Brunnermeier, M. A., (2018). Blockchain economics. NBER Working Paper

Warburg, B., Serres, T., Wagner, B., (2019). Basics of Blockchain: A guide for building literacy in the economics, technology, and business of blockchain. Animal Ventures LLC

Quiniou, M. (2019). Blockchain: The Advent of Disintermediation. London, UK: Wiley-ISTE. 

Teaching method

Lectures will be the predominant form of presentation and will be complemented by a variety of teaching approaches including: 

- discussion of real-world projects

- in-class exercises

- mini-project

- workshop

A full interchange between the instructor and the participant is expected. Preparation before class is of crucial importance. The course will also benefit from guest lecturers who will visit the class to share their experience in managing blockchain projects. 

Evaluation method

1. Projects (30%)

2. In-class quiz (10%)

3. Exam (60%) 


Subject matter

This course is divided into two components.

Component 1: Introduction to Blockchain technology.

Component 2: Blockchain applications.