Cryptocurrencies as a Disruption? Empirical Findings on User Adoption and Future Potential of Bitcoin and Co

  • Aaron W. BaurEmail author
  • Julian Bühler
  • Markus Bick
  • Charlotte S. Bonorden
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9373)


In this paper, we examine cryptocurrencies as a potentially disruptive sort of payment method. Due to its relative importance, we focus in particular on Bitcoin. Through an inductive, exploratory interview approach with 13 individuals in three distinct groups, the determinants usability, usefulness, and subjective norm that could make Bitcoin a game-changer are explored. The results reveal that most stakeholders consider perceived ease of use still rather low, with perceived usefulness varying according to the user group. The notion of Bitcoin as having much future potential as a payment method is confirmed across all interviewees. Interestingly, the underlying concept of a blockchain is also seen as a potential revolutionary way to create a more just society based on open platforms and open data. However, the reasons of why Bitcoin is actually a disruption to existing solutions varies widely.


Electronic payment Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Digital currency e-commerce Technology adoption TAM Blockchain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron W. Baur
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julian Bühler
    • 1
  • Markus Bick
    • 1
  • Charlotte S. Bonorden
    • 1
  1. 1.ESCP Europe Business School BerlinBerlinGermany

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