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Platforms and the Sharing Economy


Technological advances and the economics of platforms have triggered a major trend towards “platformization,” where coordination rather than ownership of resources is at the heart of economic activity. Novel business models have emerged that challenge traditional firms and institutions and continue to blur the lines between personal and professional spheres. Enabled by information technology, projects and companies are funded by individuals online (e.g., Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Companisto), simple and complex work is distributed and coordinated through digital platforms (e.g., AMT, TaskRabbit, Upwork), and goods and services are effectively coordinated, matched, sold, rented, or consumed from peer to peer (e.g., eBay, Airbnb, Uber, Getaround, BlaBlaCar, and many more). Platforms and the sharing economy have grown significantly in the past few years to the point where they have impacted nearly all industries. This track welcomes research that expands our knowledge of nascent developments and the underlying mechanisms of platforms and the sharing economy to explore how digital technology influences activities and value creation in peer-to-peer networks and communities and how this, in turn, shapes developments of our society as a whole. We are equally interested in work that provides insight into the sharing of and access to tangible resources, such as financial capital, property and physical goods, as well as in work investigating the sharing and access to intangible resources, such as knowledge and social capital. Further, this track also explicitly welcomes design-oriented research in the context of the sharing economy.

Covered areas include, but are not limited to:

  • The sharing economy, collaborative consumption and the collaborative economy (e.g., sharing practices, innovative business models)
  • Crowdfunding (philanthropic, reward-based, peer-to-peer lending, equity-based)
  • Crowdsourcing (open-source, open innovation, commons-based peer production)
  • The economics of peer-to-peer marketplaces and platforms (e.g., platforms as two-sided markets, network effects)
  • The sociology of peer-to-peer marketplaces and platforms (e.g., interactions, social order, social behavior, deviant behavior, discrimination)
  • The influence of platform-, crowd-, and sharing-based models on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Digital labor markets, peer-to-peer work arrangements, and their effects on the workforce
  • Trust, reputation, and rating/review systems on digital platforms (e.g., outcomes, cues and design elements, fake and hired reviews)
  • Implications, opportunities, and risks of algorithmic rankings and choice in the platform and sharing economy (e.g. fairness, concentration, manipulation)
  • Pricing mechanisms in peer-to-peer marketplaces and platforms
  • Policy challenges (e.g., consumer and labor protection, insurance and taxation, competitive and antitrust considerations)
  • Data governance, ethics, and regulatory issues related to platforms and the sharing economy (e.g., data privacy, data portability)


Track Chairs

Timm Teubner

Timm Teubner

TU Berlin

Timm Teubner is assistant professor at the Einstein Center Digital Future at TU Berlin. He holds a Diploma degree in industrial engineering and management and a doctoral degree in Information Systems from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His research interests include online platforms and multi-sided markets, reputation, and trust in digital services, online auctions, Internet user behavior and psychology, as well as crowdsourcing. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Management, Electronic Markets, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Business & Information Systems Engineering, and Economics Letters.
 Manuel Trenz

Manuel Trenz

University of Göttingen

Manuel Trenz is Professor of Interorganizational Information Systems at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and research associate in the Digital Economy research department at the Centre for European Economic Research. In his research, he focuses on the purposeful utilization of information systems and digital innovations and their impact on individuals and organizations. Topics areas of interest include the tension between data-driven innovation and information privacy, digital platforms, as well as omnichannel integration. His work has appeared in Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Business & Information Systems Engineering and others.
Marc T. P. Adam

Marc T. P. Adam

University of Newcastle

Marc T. P. Adam is a Senior Lecturer in Computing and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He investigates the interplay of cognitive and affective processes in human-computer interaction with applications in electronic commerce and mobile health. He received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg and a PhD in Information Systems from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His research has been published in top international outlets such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Retailing, and Journal of Interactive Marketing.
Liste der Associate Editors
  • Fabian Braesemann, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Alfred Benedikt Brendel, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • Ulrich Bretschneider, Universität Siegen, Germany
  • Sonia Camacho, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
  • Rense Corten, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Christoph Flath, Universität Würzburg, Germany
  • Jens Förderer, UniverstitäMannheim, Germany
  • Mark Graham, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Antje Graul, Utah State University, United States
  • Ben Greiner, WU Wien, Austria
  • Ulrike Gretzel, University of Southern California, United States
  • Dominik Gutt, Universität Paderborn, Germany
  • Kazem Haki, Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Florian Hawlitschek, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Monika Koller, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria
  • Christoph Lutz, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
  • Mareike Möhlmann, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom
  • Hakan Ozalp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Hendrik Send, Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Martin Spann, LMU München, Germany
  • Christian Stummer, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
  • Iis Tussyadiah, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Michael Wessel, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Manuel Wiesche, TU München, Germany
  • Rüdiger Zarnekow, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Anita Zednik, WU Wien, Austria
  • Steffen Zimmermann, Universtität Innsbruck, Austria