DAO Governance Examples - Resources - Research Papers

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DAO governance models: A beginner’s guide 2023

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Decentralized Governance and the Lessons of Corporate Governance

Research Papers

DAO Governance

“Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are entities without central leadership that operate based on a set of decision-making rules encoded into smart contracts using blockchain technology. In this study, we develop a theoretical model of DAO governance featuring strategic token trading under token-based voting to investigate potential conflicts of interest between a large participant (a “whale”) and many small participants. Our results show that ownership concentration can have a negative effect on platform growth, but platform size, token illiquidity, and long-term incentives can mitigate the negative effects. We confirm these predictions using novel voting data on over 200 DAOs between 2020 and 2022.”

Link: https://deliverypdf.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=678082123029031093082110098083065072038085068087057087092125118025099093018122122108004058037124017005016066125002078095071004001043044046028093065002122099019023024035095027081120118127086000013111115000096066029089092077006017070006083122067125074&EXT=pdf&INDEX=TRUE

A Survey on Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and
Their Governance

"Decentralized Autonomous Organizations or DAOs are organizations governed by a set of pre-defined rules programmed as source code in smart contracts. Once implemented, a DAO can automatically
execute tasks, coordinate, and facilitate decentralized decision-making, without any central authority. This new and emerging paradigm is still under development and has not been researched much until today. To our knowledge the literature still lacks a comprehensive survey discussing DAOs and DAO governance. We conduct a systematic review of common characteristics, a DAO categorization, real world DAO applications, DAO governance including voting schemes and dispute resolution mechanisms in DAOs to provide an initial overview. We anticipate that our work can provide useful insights and references for researchers and industrial practitioners who wish to delve deeper into this nascent area."

Link: https://sussblockchain.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/SSRN-id4378966.pdf

The Economics of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

"The advent of blockchain, smart contracts, and Web3 has empowered new concepts for equity partnerships with autonomous operating systems and democratic corporate governance.
This paper explores 2,377 of such new partnerships and uses detailed transaction data (from 2017 through 2022) to examine the performance of so-called decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) on Ethereum. As a result, I find that DAOs with greater participation
rates in voting are associated with superior performance. Small members are a prevalent and important class of investors, while the degree of decentralization in DAOs (ownership concentration) plays only a minor role in firm valuation. Overall, DAOs are an effective organizational structure, when members take an active interest in the venture."

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Valerie-Laturnus/publication/367417422_The_Economics_of_Decentralized_Autonomous_Organizations/links/6422ea2992cfd54f84354fe5/The-Economics-of-Decentralized-Autonomous-Organizations.pdf


Don’t know if this could be of any use, but that’s the research we made after the ATOM 2.0 treasury management proposition. Some of the key takeways could apply to general DAO governance topics.


Very helpful and useful!

I started this thread with the intent and hope that it would be a place for people to share resources with one another. Just failed to communicate that.


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Your sources on the main post were guide good and I’ve added a few to my precious bookmarks :wink: So thanks for sharing

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DAOs & Co-ops: How to learn from the past to create viable economic communities for the future

Abstract: “This research explores how decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and Cooperative (Co-op) models can learn from each other to impact the future of community and opportunity. The findings are grounded in human-centred design, systems thinking, foresight and innovation by comparing and contrasting the two models. The insights & accessible pathways uncovered will contribute to creating healthy communities and equitable opportunities as the internet evolves. Furthermore, the results may inspire and guide future community builders and member-centred creators within emergent online spaces. Both DAOs and Co-ops have similar ambitions and starting points, and each has strengths that can complement the other’s weaknesses. The goal is to highlight that DAOs and Co-ops have more similarities than differences and can work together to create a more equitable society.”

Link: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3985/1/Yuhas_Alyssa_2023_MDes_SFI_MRP.pdf

Governance of blockchain based decentralized applications: an exploratory study

“Indeed, a decentralized infrastructure does not necessarily entail a decentralized governance structure, on the contrary the lack of a central authority leaves the system to be more easily co-opted by external forces (de Filippi, 2020).” p56

Link: https://www.politesi.polimi.it/bitstream/10589/197427/4/Governance%20of%20blockchain-based%20decentralized%20applications%20an%20exploratory%20study_%20thesis%20of%20Mendolia%20Niccolò.pdf

How Decentralized is Decentralized Governance?

Link: How Decentralized is Decentralized Governance?

Blockchain Governance: De Facto (x) or Designed?

Link: https://www.cs.ubc.ca/~bestchai/papers/2021-bchain-governance.pdf

Task management in decentralized autonomous

“Harnessing both online and on-chain data from seven sources, we empirically examine how voting task division, task allocation, reward distribution, and information provision affect platform performance in the context of MakerDAO (an Ethereum-based stablecoin issuance platform). Our findings reveal that strategic decisions arrived at through voting have a positive impact on platform operational performance under certain conditions, whereas operational decisions resulting from voting have a negative impact.”

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xi-Zhao-70/publication/360069301_Task_management_in_decentralized_autonomous_organization/links/6268ee4c1b747d19c2abe022/Task-management-in-decentralized-autonomous-organization.pdf


Link: Tragedy of the Commons | Self-organization | Elinor Ostrum | Blockchain

Application of IAD Principles to the DAO structure

Link: Application of IAD Principles to the DAO structure

A Decentralized Fair Governance Model for Permissionless Blockchain Systems

Link: https://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2835/paper3.pdf

A Decision Model for Decentralized Autonomous Organization Platform Selection: Three Industry Case Studies

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353567765_A_Decision_Model_for_Decentralized_Autonomous_Organization_Platform_Selection_Three_Industry_Case_Studies

OsmoCon 2022 Panel: Osmosis SubDaos and Governance” Mike Barb (OSL, mod.), Stephen94K (OMM), EmperorOsmo (Hathor Nodes), George Beall (Commonwealth)

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