Emotional Labor in the Sharing Economy

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2018-01-03
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Lutz, Christoph
Newlands, Gemma
Fieseler, Christian
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The peer-to-peer nature of the sharing economy encourages participants to alter their behavior in ways that resemble traditional notions of emotional labor. A key element in this shift lies in the coercive nature of feedback mechanisms which condition both providers and consumers to perform emotional labor during service encounters. Using survey data from 207 sharing economy consumers in the US, we show how different facets of the feedback mechanisms employed by sharing economy services influence consumers’ emotional labor. In addition, we show how platforms and their policies matter in encouraging emotional labor, indicating the need to analyze the topic on a fine-grained level. We conclude by deriving propositions for future research and practical recommendations.
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The Sharing Economy, emotional labor, peer-to-peer, platforms, ratings, sharing economy
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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