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Just published - The Sharing Economy

Guest Editors:

Dr. Bo Xiao, University of Hawaii at Manoa ([email protected])
Dr. Eric Lim, University of New South Wales ([email protected])
Dr. Chee-Wee Tan, Copenhagen Business School ([email protected])
Dr. Zach Lee, University of Nottingham Ningbo China ([email protected])

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Motivation and Aim of the Special Issue

Sharing is ingrained in the fabric of society and efficient access to goods and services constitutes a major force driving much of the economic activity today. With greater connectivity brought about by the proliferation of internetworking technologies, it has become much easier for individuals to circumvent spatial and temporal barriers during interactions, thereby giving rise to a novel Sharing Economy that is structured around the disintermediation of conventional channels of commerce in the exchange of both tangible and intangible resources. The sharing economy has gained notable attention within mainstream media as a new economic paradigm that leverages peer-to-peer technological platforms to facilitate exchange of resources among individuals who are joined via fluid relational networks. Almost overnight, numerous peer-to-peer platforms—in the likes of crowd-working (e.g., Airbnb, Uber, Amazon Mechanic Turk, E-Lance, Fiverr), co-innovation (e.g., Mindmixer, Social Innovator), crowd-funding (e.g., Kickstarter, Indiegogo), crowd-searching (e.g., Crowdfynd, CrowdSearching), and crowd-voting (e.g., California Report Card, Threadless) — have sprung up to facilitate both individuals and/or organizations to pool resources in resolving problems.

While there are many practitioners who have prophesized the sharing economy as a game-changer for how organizations and society function, there are also a number of detractors who questioned the uncertain and potentially disruptive future that is brought about by such peer-to-peer exchanges. Critics have painted a dismal picture of the sharing economy as a means for individuals and/or firms to dodge proper regulations and live beyond their means, which in turn contributes to doomsday scenarios of massive job displacements and spending habits detrimental to society. In light of the opportunities and challenges posed by the sharing economy, there is a clear urgency for a systematic and thorough scrutiny of how value creation and appropriation can take place within such economic environments while minimizing its negative impact to society.

The aim of this special issue of Internet Research is to sensitize both academics and practitioners to the latest trends and developments in the sharing economy in order to determine how value can be created and appropriated within this novel economic environment powered primarily by technology.
This special issue embraces both retrospective and progressive views of how the sharing economy has evolved and would transform with technological advances. We welcome papers that identify and address knowledge gaps in how emergent technologies are shaping the access and sharing of resources within online peer-to-peer communities. Papers that subscribe to inter-disciplinary perspectives and/or adopt mixed methods are particularly welcome.

Table of Contents

The sharing economy: promises and challenges
Bo Xiao, Zach W.Y. Lee, Eric T.K. Lim, Chee-Wee Tan

Sharing economy: seeing through the fog
Daniel Trabucchi, Laurent Muzellec, Sébastien Ronteau

Collaborative innovation in the sharing economy: Profiling social product development actors through classification modeling
Kaveh Abhari, Elizabeth J. Davidson, Bo Xiao

Building customers’ trust in the ridesharing platform with institutional mechanisms: An empirical study in China
Zhen Shao, Hao Yin

Antecedents and role of individual sociability on participation in mobile collaborative consumption
Yicheng Zhang, Chee Wei Phang, Rui Gu, Chenghong Zhang

The conditioning function of rating mechanisms for consumers in the sharing economy
Gemma Newlands, Christoph Lutz, Christian Fieseler

The sharing economy ideal: Implementing an organization-sponsored sharing platform as a CSR program
Anita D. Bhappu, Ulrike Schultze

Policy compliance and deterrence mechanism in the sharing economy: Accommodation sharing in Korea
Soo Kyung Park, Kyu Tae Kwak, Bong Gyou Lee

Does more crowd participation bring more value to crowdfunding projects? The perspective of crowd capital
Chunxiao Yin, Libo Liu, Kristijian Mirkovski

Analyzing campaign’s outcome in reward-based crowdfunding: Social capital as a determinant factor
Pilar Madrazo-Lemarroy, Karla Barajas-Portas, Maria Elena Labastida Tovar

Dealing with initial success versus failure in crowdfunding market: Serial crowdfunding, changing strategies, and funding performance
Chang Heon Lee, Ananth Chiravuri