Build your own Blockchain

A Practical Guide to Distributed Ledger Technology

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Intended as an applied guide for hands-on practitioners, the book includes detailed examples and in-depth explanations of how to build and run a blockchain from scratch. Through its conceptual background and hands-on exercises, this book allows students, teachers and crypto enthusiasts to launch their first blockchain while assuming prior knowledge of the underlying technology.

How do I build a blockchain? How do I mint a cryptocurrency? How do I write a smart contract? How do I launch an initial coin offering (ICO)? These are some of questions this book answers. Starting by outlining the beginnings and development of early cryptocurrencies, it provides the conceptual foundations required to engineer secure software that interacts with both public and private ledgers. The topics covered include consensus algorithms, mining and decentralization, and many more. 

“This is a one-of-a-kind book on Blockchain technology.  The authors achieved the perfect balance between the breadth of topics and the depth of technical discussion.  But the real gem is the set of carefully curated hands-on exercises that guide the reader through the process of building a Blockchain right from Chapter 1.” Volodymyr Babich, Professor of Operations and Information Management, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

"An excellent introduction of DLT technology for a non-technical audience. The book is replete with examples and exercises, which greatly facilitate the learning of the underlying processes of blockchain technology for all, from students to entrepreneurs.” Serguei Netessine, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Whether you want to start from scratch or deepen your blockchain knowledge about the latest developments, this book is an essential reference. Through clear explanations and practical code examples, the authors take you on a progressive journey to discover the technology foundations and build your own blockchain. From an operations perspective, you can learn the principles behind the distributed ledger technology relevant for transitioning towards blockchain-enabled supply chains. Reading this book, you'll get inspired, be able to assess the applicability of blockchain to supply chain operations, and learn from best practices recognized in real-world examples." Ralf W. Seifert, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at EPFL and Professor of Operations Management at IMD

Supply Chain Finance

Integrating Operations and Finance in Global Supply Chains

This textbook presents a coherent and robust structure for integrated risk management in the context of operations and finance. It explains how the operations-finance interface jointly optimizes material and financial flows under intricate risk exposures. The book covers financial flexibility, operational hedging, enterprise risk management (ERM), supply chain risk management (SCRM), integrated risk management (IRM), supply chain finance (SCF), and financial management of supply chain strategies. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches – including conceptualization, theory building, analytical modeling, and empirical research – are used to assess the value creation by integrating operations and finance.

Industrial Excellence

Management Quality in Manufacturing

What does excellent manufacturing management mean? Management texts to date have emphasized that it is, above methods such as SPC or TQM, a matter of "intangibles" and "culture". This book takes the myth out of management excellence; it can be learned and practiced: 1. Manage the four core processes, strategy formulation and deployment, product innovation, process development, and the supply chain, and 2. Pay attention to the seven dimensions of management quality, direction setting, integration, delegation, communication, participation, measurement, and employee development. Thus, we argue that an excellent manufacturing manager can move to a plant in a different industry and become, after an appropriate time to learn its specific technologies, an excellent manufacturing manager there as well. This book explains management quality and demonstrates how it is implemented, with nine plant tours through world-class factories from different industries.

Management Quality and Competitiveness

Lessons from the Industrial Excellence Award

This book showcases examples of excellent manufacturing companies who have succeeded in creating value and job growth in Western Europe. The examples show managers of industrial firms how a clearly articulated strategic position can be combined with excellent execution to achieve competitiveness in Europe, in spite of the usually cited disadvantage of high labor costs and rigidity. Not every company is alike — strategic positions differ, and the means of execution differ, but what is common is a clear plan together with mobilization of all employees to apply their abilities in supporting this common plan. The book is indispensable reading for all managers that are interested in improving competitiveness.

Managementqualität und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit

Was Manager vom Industrial Excellence Award lernen können

  • Beschreibt Fallbeispiele erfolgreicher Industrieunternehmen in Westeuropa
  • Zeigt, wie eine klare Strategie und die Förderung von Mitarbeitern zu Bestleistungen auf dem Weltmarkt führen können

Dieses Buch beschreibt Fallbeispiele exzellenter Industrieunternehmen, die auf dem Weltmarkt wachsen und Arbeitsplätze in Westeuropa schaffen. Die Beispiele zeigen im Detail, wie Managementmethoden diese Unternehmen befähigen, ihre Strategie klar zu definieren und durchschlagskräftig in der Organisation umzusetzen und somit innerhalb Europas trotz hoher Arbeitskosten und regulatorischer Hemmnisse eine konkurrenzstarke Position zu schaffen. Diese erfolgreichen Unternehmen haben gemein, dass sie ihre Mitarbeiter fördern und mit definierten Methoden hinter einer klaren Strategie vereinen.

Neben den konkreten Fallbeispielen, die als Leitfaden für Verbesserungsprogramme dienen können, gibt dieses Buch auch eine Orientierung zu strategischem "Offshoring" (der Verlagerung von Aktivitäten ins Ausland) und zeigt Führungskräften, wie das Unternehmen positiv zum gesellschaftlichen Umfeld beitragen kann und soll. Dieses Buch ist eine unverzichtbare Lektüre für alle Manager, die großes Interesse an einer Verbesserung ihrer Wettbewerbsfähigkeit haben.

Daniel Hellwig, Goran Karlic, Arnd Huchzermeier

  • Springer Verlag
  • 2020
  • 187 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-030-40141-2 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-40142-9 (eBook)


Lima Zhao, Arnd Huchzermeier

  • Springer Verlag
  • 2018
  • 183 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-76662-1 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09549-9 (Softcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76663-8 (eBook)


Christoph H. Loch, Ludo van der Heyden, Luk van Wassenhove, Arnd Huchzermeier

  • Springer Verlag
  • 2003
  • 248 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-540-00254-3 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-05537-9 (Softcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-540-24758-6 (eBook)


Christoph H. Loch, Stephen Chick, Arnd Huchzermeier

  • Springer Verlag
  • 2008
  • 156 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-540-79183-6 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-09806-2 (Softcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-540-79184-3 (eBook)


Christoph H. Loch, Stephen Chick, Arnd Huchzermeier

  • Springer Verlag
  • 2009
  • 192 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-540-85185-1 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-3-540-85186-8 (eBook)