What contribution do the various business models of sharing economy organisations (SEOs) make to sustainable economic activity in Germany? Many business models claim they contribute, in one way or another, to reaching economic, social and environmental goals. However, a systematic comparison of these models has not been undertaken. An analysis of their positive and negative effects is needed in conjunction with an estimation of their current and potential future contributions to society. Researchers from the Hertie School under the leadership of Johanna Mair are contributing to i-share: The sharing economy’s impact in Germany, a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that aims to investigate these and other questions related to the sharing economy. The Hertie School is part of a research collective that includes the Institute for Middle Class Research (ifm) at the University of Mannheim, the Chair for Organisation and Business Development at the University of Göttingen, the Chair of Business Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Mannheim, as well as the Chair of Information Systems and Management at the University of Augsburg.
The first i-share symposium took place at the Hertie School on 26 November 2015. A full report, including video and photo highlights, can be found here.