Access (or Sharing) Economy Minitrack

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 access (or sharing) economy that is structured around the disintermediation of conventional channels of commerce in the exchange of both tangible and intangible resources. The access (or 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 access (or sharing) economyas 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 access (or 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 access (or 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.

This minitrack embraces both retrospective and progressive views of how the access (or 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 include but are not limited to:

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

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Bo Sophia Xiao (Primary Contact)
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Eric Lim
University of New South Wales, Australia

Chee-Wee Tan
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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