The sharing economy is intensely debated. Research thereby lags behind public discourse and praxis. Existing conceptual and empirical research is mainly descriptive and focused on the phenomenon, but does often not build on existing theoretical work.
With their volume “Theorizing the Sharing Economy: Variety and Trajectories of New Forms of Organizing” Indre Maurer, Johanna Mair and Achim Oberg contribute to closing these gaps by bringing together different work that builds on organization theories to develop a better understanding of new forms of sharing and organizing in the sharing economy.
In their introductory chapter, they develop a framework to systematically analyze and structure existing research. This helps to more systematic development of further research and to furthering societal knowledge on the sharing economy.