How do we get a comprehensive understanding of the sharing economy?

To develop a comprehensive and holistic picture of current research on the sharing economy, researchers from different disciplines presented their work at the 5th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy at the University of Mannheim in 2018. Dominika Wruk, Achim Oberg and Indre Maurer have published the Best Paper Proceedings to the workshop, that comprises a selection of short papers. The volume is published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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.

The 5th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, that took place at the University of Mannheim in June 2018, aimed at bringing together researchers from different disciplines to advance theoretical analyses of the phenomenon sharing economy. More than 100 scholars from 15 different countries More than 100 researchers from 15 countries presented and discussed their work in more than 70 presentations. The Best Paper Proceedings “Perspectives on the Sharing Economy” consists of a selection of short papers that were presented at the workshop.


Wruk, D., Oberg, A., & Maurer, I. (2019). Perspectives on the Sharing Economy. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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