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.

Moritz Krohn is a final-year student of the Mannheim Master in Management and studied Business Administration in his Bachelor studies at the University of Mannheim. During his time as a student, he gained professional experience in consulting, banking and portfolio management. Moritz is a research assistant at the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm) since Fall 2019 and supports the platforms2share team. 

Birte Kuhle completed her Bachelor's degree in Media Studies with a focus on Media Psychology at the University of Cologne and continued with the Master's degree in "Digital Communication" at the University of Mannheim. In addition to her studies, she has been working as a research assistant at the Institute for SME Research (ifm) since fall 2018, where she supports the research projects "platforms2share" and "i-share".

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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Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW)

Jonas Pentzien is researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), where he deals with questions concerning the possibilities and pitfalls of digital transformations, innovative governance mechanisms and shifting patterns of consumer behavior. He has studied Political Economy and Comparative Politics in Berlin, Madrid and Baltimore and has taught classes on the Digital Economy and State-Market-Relations at the John-F-Kennedy-Institute in Berlin. In the Academic Year 2019, he has been research fellow at the newly-founded Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy (ICDE) at The New School. Within platforms2share, he addresses the following questions: What policies and regulations are implemented in order to affect the platform economy’s outcomes? And to what extent is market behavior framed by these policies and regulations? What drives an individual to found or become member of a platform cooperative? What kind of ‘values’ and promises do individuals attribute to platforms with different degrees of decentralization? 

Christian Lautermann is head of the research field "Corporate Management and Consumption" at IÖW and as such coordinating research on "Sustainability Management" and "Products and Consumption". Before working for the IÖW, Christian Lautermann was Lecturer and Researcher at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg at the Chair of Business Studies and Environmental Management. He studied economic sciences and wrote his doctoral dissertation about society-oriented entrepreneurship. In his work and research projects, he focuses on CSR, Sustainability Management and alternative enterprise models such as cooperatives.

Santje ludas is research assistant at the Institute for Ecologic Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin. As a political economist with a focus on sustainability, she is interested in how the transformation of the sharing economy must be framed politically in order to develop in a social and ecological manner. Already during her studies, she dealt with different questions regarding the socio-ecological transformation. In particular, she sees great potential in cooperative and collaborative economies: be it in production, as tested e.g. by the Maker movement in open workshops, in collaborative consumption made possible by sharing platforms or in collaborative forms of organizations such as cooperatives. Hence, he is very curious about the dynamics unfolding in the platform economy around the concept of platform cooperativism and she is interested in which way governance structures can promote socially and ecologically positive dynamics.

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.