Expanding the Platform: Smart Contracts as Boundary Resources

Lauslahti KristianMattila JuriHukkinen TaneliSeppälä Timo

Platform businesses are born global, with instant access to global markets. Thanks to the algorithmic, self-executing and self-enforcing computer programmes known as smart contracts, platform businesses now also have instant access to global capital markets from birth. However, the legal status of these smart-contract-enabled funding mechanisms and smart contracts in general is not well defined. In this article, we analyse how well the formation mechanisms of the general principles of Finnish contract law can be applied to the technological framework of smart contracts. We find that depending on the case, smart contracts can create legally binding rights and obligations to their parties. We also observe that contracts have not been formerly perceived as technical boundary resources in the sense that platform ecosystems could foster broader network effects by opening their application contracting interfaces to third parties.

In: Smedlund, A., Lindblom, A. & Mitronen, L. (eds)
Collaborative Value Co-creation in the Platform Economy.
Translational Systems Sciences, vol 11., chapter 4, pp. 65-90, Springer, Singapore.

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Platform, Smart contract, Boundary resource, Contract law, ICO
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