Blockchain technology has received a disproportionate share of technology news reporting in recent years. As the database technology that solves the double-transaction problem for cryptocurrencies, blockchain has conventionalised digital ledger technology thinking and is envisaged to represent the future of financial platforms. Smart contract technology, the blockchain containers for processes and rules, is positioned to expedite automation in the post-trade infrastructure of financial systems.
Fintech disruptors discern blockchainÕs potential as a mechanism for disintermediation of the insurance value chain as an opportunity for innovation. Industry counter-measures to this threat include coalitions of financial institutions to evaluate potentially disruptive technologies. The fundamental questions facing the insurance industry are the end-consumerÕs trusting beliefs and propensity to use these emerging technologies in policy servicing systems.
We harness technology adoption theories, trust in technology research and the task-technology fit model to measure policyholder perceptions of blockchain among consumers in the life insurance industry. Responses from a sample of life insurance policyholders (n = 199) were used to measure concepts from three IS adoption theories. Our research finds evidence of policyholder trust in the reliability of blockchain technology, an understanding of the benefits of the technology and a willingness for it to be used in policy servicing.