Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) constitute a comparatively novel area in academic research and scholarship, but the budding interest in this category of digital and algorithmic organization across various disciplines provides an indication of the possibilities that DAOs wield in terms of informing and advancing our understanding of the potentialities of the digital economy's forthcoming iterations. It also points towards practical use cases to solve problems that the increasing decentralization and amorphization of the structures of the digital economy portend. At the same time, DAOs are afflicted by various strands of skepticism that are attributable to their vulnerabilities, subjacent hype, ultimate purpose, and usefulness. This skepticism also requires scholarly attention and careful study through multidisciplinary perspectives, as further research may come to either dispel or confirm the array of concerns that continue to loom large about DAOs as technological, governance, societal, and economic instruments in the future.

With all this in mind, the aim of this book is to offer multiple studied perspectives that explore DAOs from a variety of perspectives across several disciplinary prisms. It does not seek simply to weigh the balance of DAO's merits and demerits, but rather to conceive, appreciate, and discover various elements of ultimate import to DAOs over their future evolutionary course. Drawing upon the insights of interdisciplinary subject matter experts, this book allows for a holistic enquiry into the role, potential and limitations of DAOs. The book will thus be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience of scholars in organizational studies, computer science, economics, sociology of technology, philosophy, law, and the governance of innovation.

chapter 1|9 pages


part 1|90 pages

The Essentials of DAOs

chapter 4|21 pages


The Philosophy of DAO?

chapter 5|29 pages

Reputation Tokenomics

chapter 6|10 pages

DAO Fallacies

Common Myths and Uses for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

part 2|79 pages

Opportunities and Challenges

chapter 7|20 pages

How to DAO

The Role of Trust and Confidence in Institutional Design

chapter 10|25 pages

DAO Vulnerability Mapping

A Theoretical and Empirical Tool

chapter 11|5 pages