Mapping Out the Sharing Economy: A Configurational Approach to Sharing Business Modeling

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017

Posted: 29 Apr 2017

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Pablo Munoz

University of Liverpool, Management School (ULMS), Students

Boyd D. Cohen

Universidad del Desarrollo

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Sharing economy businesses have emerged in recent years as a disruptive approach to the traditional way of planning, modeling and doing business. The phenomenon has gained significant traction within a wide range of domains including entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and management more broadly. Despite this surge and interest, there is a lack of empirical research regarding the increasing diversity of sharing economy business models and the implications for business growth, community impact, sustainability and public policy. With this research, we sought to leverage a rigorous comparative method, fs/QCA, to assess the business models of 36 firms in the sharing economy. Leveraging a rich set of qualitative data, our analysis leveraged seven dimensions of sharing economy business models drawn from extant research, revealing a typology comprising five ideal types that collectively account for the constellation of possible, empirically-relevant business models across the sharing economy. The emergent dilemmas and paradoxes as well as implications of these typologies of business models for startups, investors and policymakers are explored.

Keywords: Sharing economy, Business models, Typology, Qualitative comparative analysis, fsQCA

Suggested Citation

Munoz, Pablo and Cohen, Boyd D., Mapping Out the Sharing Economy: A Configurational Approach to Sharing Business Modeling (2017). Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2959941

Pablo Munoz (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool, Management School (ULMS), Students ( email )

Chatham Street
Liverpool
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/staff/pablo-munoz-roman/

Boyd D. Cohen

Universidad del Desarrollo ( email )

School of Business
Ainavillo 456
Concepcion
Chile

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