Research project on digital platforms in the sharing economy

Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the sharing economy? In the inter- and transdiciplinary junior research group platforms2share we want to answer this question.

Today, new digital platforms for sharing, swapping and other ways of collaborative consumption are widely associated with positive economic, ecological and social effects. At the same time, existing platforms like Airbnb and Uber are increasingly criticized in public debate for having negative effects on people, local economies and our planet. As a counter model, new decentral models combining alternative organizational forms (such as platform cooperatives) and new technologies (such as Blockchain technology) are discussed and tested. The promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential transform the sharing and platform economy.

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In November 2019, Jonas Pentzien traveled to New York City to present his research on the politics of platform cooperativism at the 4th International Platform Cooperativism-Conference “Who Owns the World?”. His comparative study on legislative obstacles for platform co-ops in the United States, France, and Germany will be published by the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy (ICDE) in spring 2020.
We want to take the opportunity to look back at some highlights of the last year, which was full of workshops, contributions to conferences and other activities.
Im Rahmen des sechsten i-share Symposiums wollen wir folgenden Fragen nachgehen: Wie haben sich Sharing und Platform Economy in den letzten Jahren entwickelt? Welche Chancen gibt es für neue Organisationsformen und mit welchen Herausforderungen sind sie konfrontiert? Welche Auswirkungen auf Umwelt, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft lassen sich beobachten? Beim anschließenden platforms2share Forschungskolloquium werden laufende Forschungs- und Promotionsvorhaben zur Platform Economy diskutiert.
Dr. Dominika Wruk from platforms2share has accepted the position as Assistant Professor for Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim, Business School.


Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Barcelona, Spain

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Project Description
Platforms2share Presents Comparative Study on the Politics of Platform Cooperativism at International Conference in New York City
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Call for Contributions für sechstes i-share Symposium und zweites platforms2share Forschungskolloquium am 19./20. Mai in Mannheim
We wish a joyful, healthy, and successful year 2020!
New Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim, Business School
Dr. Dominika Wruk