Perspectives on the Sharing Economy
Sharing instead of owning is one of the major trends in modern (business) life. By changing how people consume, the rise of the sharing economy has the potential to redefine the role of owners, consumers and producers, change their mode of transaction, create innovative business models, disrupt existing industries, and challenge political and regulative institutions. In addition to these practical implications, the sharing economy phenomenon represents a novel playground for theoretical advancement, attracting a multitude of research and researchers from different disciplines. While this can potentially open up new avenues for practice and theory to stimulate each other, they do not seem to go hand-in-hand at the moment. This volume brings together research from a wide variety of theoretical backgrounds and disciplines to encourage academic discourse on the sharing economy phenomenon. It comprises contributions that are grounded in different theoretical perspectives, including business history, economics, strategic management, organization studies, information systems, political science, legal studies, linguistics, and semantics. While all contributions focus on the sharing economy phenomenon, they examine the subject from different disciplinary angles. Together, they provide a coherent and comprehensive overview of research on the sharing economy.
Dominika Wruk is Senior Researcher at the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her research focuses on the emergence and diffusion of new organizational forms and concepts, and on how such processes shape, and are shaped by, institutional environments. She has published articles in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Economics, and the Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim, Germany.
Achim Oberg is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Organization Studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, and Senior Researcher at the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim, Germany. His research deals with digital social science, and has been published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Scandinavian Journal of Management, among others. He completed his PhD at the University of Jena, Germany.
Indre Maurer is Professor of Organization Studies and Corporate Development at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her primary research interests are in the areas of social network relationships and social capital focusing on high-tech, project-based, and sharing economy organizations. She has published articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies, among others. She holds a doctoral degree from Augsburg University, Germany.
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