About Us

Platforms2share brings together organizations and academics from different disciplines, theoretical schools and applying diverse empirical approaches in their research on the platform economy as well as practitioners interested in developing further the field. 

Institute for SME Research, University of Mannheim

Dominika Wruk ist Assistant Professor for Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Business School of the University of Mannheim. The position is located at the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship. In her resaerech on the platform economy in the context of platforms2share, she studies the development new organizational forms, their spread across organizational fields and their social, ecological and economic impact. Dominika Wruk is also part of the i-share network studying organizational models in the Sharing Economy and their social, ecological and economic effects.

Tino Schöllhorn is researcher Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship (ifm) located at the University of Mannheim. He has studied Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim with a focus on organizational studies. In the context of platforms2share, Tino analyzes the legitimization and diffusion of the Blockchain Technology. More generally he is working on the topic of “self-representations of organizations in the internet” focusing on developing and applying methods that are used for the semi-automatic collection of organizational data on the internet. 

Michael Woywode is professor at the ifm and as head of the chair, he coordinates a team of 25 researchers with academic backgrounds in economics, business administration, psychology, sociology, business informatics, economic geography and political science. Michael Woywode studied business administration, earnt his doctorate in economics and is today Chair for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at University of Mannheim. As head of the chair, he has led several inter- and transdisciplinary research projects, such as the sub-project in the DFG research program “interdisciplinary research on enterprise formation”, investigating technological change and its implications for political and corporate governance.

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Lena Falk-Walter studied at the University of Mannheim for a Bachelor's degree in Culture and Economics with a focus on media and communication sciences. During her studies she gained first practical and theoretical experience in the field of sustainable economics and is currently deepening this knowledge in the Master's programme "Global Change Ecology" at the University of Bayreuth. Alongside her studies, she has been working as a student assistant at the Institute for SME Research (ifm) since autumn 2016, where she supports platforms2share and the i-share network.

Lukas Pieroth studied geography and psychology in his bachelor's degree at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg and has been continuing his consecutive master's degree there since 2019. He specializes in social and economic geography. Further interests in his studies include philosophy of mind; philosophy of science, phenomenological anthropology, and social theory as well as sociological diagnosis of the present. He began his research work at the Institute for SME Research ("Institut für Mittelstandsforschung" – ifm) in May 2020, where he supports Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk in her research activities (platforms2share Team & i-share network).

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP)

Michael Jäger is group leader for sustainable construction at the Fraunhofer IBP. As an economist and sustainability researcher, he is particularly interested in the question of how to align economic growth with sustainable development. Within platforms2share, he is developing an impact assessment model for different organizational and business models of the sharing economy by taking into account rebound effects. More generally, one of his main concerns is to assess solutions for the future living in buildings, districts and cities with regard to their sustainability. Thanks to his work for platforms2share, he can now expand his focus by including the important aspect of user and usage interactions in order to be able to assess future living spaces holistically.

Matthias Fischer is head of the research department “Life Cycle Engineering” at the Fraunhofer IBP, one of the institute’s six departments. As head of department, Matthias Fischer manages an interdisciplinary team of 25 researchers and coordinates national and international research projects. For instance, the team analyzes ecological impacts of different energy and mobility concepts using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods. Apart from that, he is Auditor for buildings at the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V.) and member of the „DGNB Expert pool“. He holds a diploma in Environmental Engineering and contributes to the area of life cycle based ecological assessment.

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Sociology with a Focus on Digital Social Science, University of Hamburg

Achim Oberg is professor for sociology with a focus on digital social science at the University of Hamburg and head of the team „Digitization and Competitiveness of Medium-sized Businesses” at ifm and coordinates trans- and interdisciplinary research projects on the Sharing Economy, Software and Construction Industry. Achim Oberg contributes to the platforms2share network with his technical, scientific organizational as well as practical perspective.