The Sharing Economy


Special issue of Internet Research; Deadline 1 Sep 2017

Special issue call for papers from Internet Research Guest Editors:

*Submission Deadline*: September 1st, 2017

*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.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative consumption and production in sharing economy
  • Crowdfunding and communal investment
  • Crowdsourcing and open innovation
  • Crowd platform strategies
  • Data privacy and security in sharing economy
  • Design and innovation of crowd platforms
  • Digital business models of sharing economy
  • Digital labor markets and workforce management in sharing economy
  • Disruptive innovation in sharing economy
  • Market mechanics of sharing economy
  • Policy formulation for sharing economy
  • Reputation and trust in sharing economy
  • Social network in sharing economy
  • Socio-economic and political challenges of sharing economy
  • Value appropriation in sharing economy


  • Submission due date: September 1st, 2017
  • First round reviews: November 1st, 2017
  • Revisions due: December 15th, 2017
  • Second round decision: February 1st, 2018
  • Revisions due: March 1st, 2018
  • Final editorial decision: March 15th, 2018

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