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20.06.17

Capturing the dynamics of the sharing economy

Johanna Mair and Georg Reischauer provide a necessary framework to analyse the impact of the sharing economy.

What is the sharing economy and how can its societal impact be accurately assessed? “Capturing the dynamics of the sharing economy: Institutional research on the plural forms and practices of sharing economy organizations,” by Johanna Mair and Georg Reischauer has just been published in the trade journal “Technological Forecasting and Social Change.”

The authors develop a definition of the sharing economy that emphasizes the peculiarities of this new form of business: access to resources, alternative forms of compensation in addition to money, interaction between peers and digital platforms as the basis for this interaction. Additionally, the central role of sharing economy organisations, as a service provider and designer of digital platforms, is analysed based on the diversity of these organisations and their practices. Analysing this diversity helps to better understand the sharing economy. The authors propose a comprehensive research approach for such endeavours.

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