OSCM 6931 - Blockchain: Home

Topics in Supply Chain Management

About this guide

This guide was written for Professor Bill Lee's OSCM 6931 course, Topics in Supply Chain Management, focusing on Blockchain, in spring 2019.

Off campus access methods (authentication)

  • Library Login:  This method (a proxy server) is quick and easy, and requires no setup.  But a few databases will not work with it, and it is less reliable when there is heavy internet traffic or a slow connection.
  • VPN (virtual private network): The VPN requires you to download an app onto both your cell phone and your computer.  It is much more reliable during times of heavy internet traffic, and is well worth the necessary setup time. Outline of the steps required for the VPN:
    1. Find detailed VPN instructions here. Once there, click on "How do I start using GlobalProtect VPN and Duo?"
    2. Register for Duo Mobile. Two ways to do that: via an email from ITS (helpdesk@marquette.edu; you can email and ask for "the VPN registration invitation email"); or via Office365.
    3. Download the Duo Mobile app onto your cell phone. Make sure you allow push notifications for it.
    4. Download the GlobalProtect app onto your computer.

Although the detailed instructions page refers you to Information Technology Services for help, at the Raynor Information Desk we can also help with some parts of the process.  Give us a call at (414) 288-7556.

Starting points

Here are some introductory resources on blockchain, recommended by your professor.

More technical ...

Below are two databases that can be useful, but will require more effort and perhaps time on your part.

  1. IDC:  here are the original research reports from this publisher.  They have focus on technology, but especially as applied to, and relevant to, business.  Use the Advanced Search for greater functionality; a link to it will appear when you click in the basic keyword search box.

  2. Safari ebooks, videos and tutorials:  from the publisher O'Reilly, although there are books from other publishers also.  More content that focuses on technology, but includes a lot where the business applications are highlighted.  Sample titles:
     –   Blockchain for Business 2018: The New Industrial Revolution (ebook)
     –   Blockchain Explanation, Usage, and Impact (a video)
     –   Learning Path: Introduction to Blockchain Applications (a course)