Research on the platform economy

Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the platform economy? What are other potential pathways toward a more sustainable platform economy? 

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. These and other alternative models promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential to transform the sharing and platform economy. 

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News

 
Der Forschungsverbund i-share stellt auf seinem fünften Symposium Ergebnisse aus Umfragen unter Sharing Organisationen in Deutschland vor.
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Legitimization and Diffusion of the Blockchain Technology

When Ostrom Meets Blockchain
How can Blockchain technology contribute to self-governance? A research group tries to link Ostrom's concept of self-governance to the new technology.
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How could future economic activities look like and which role could computer supported collaborative work-technology (CSCW-technology) play? Enquiring organizational structures of coops, Lampinen et al. try to find an answer to those challenging questions.
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Are cooperatives an organizational solution for platforms in the Sharing Economy? Theresia Theurl and Eric Meyer examine this question in their recent book chapter.
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Events

Oct
12
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Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Oct
13
Tue
Universität Mannheim
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Feb
24
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Barcelona, Spain
24/02/2021-26/02/2021
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26
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Mannheim
26/05/2021-27/11/2020
 

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SAVE THE DATE: Fünftes i-share Symposium am 25. Juni 2019 an der Universität Mannheim
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What we can learn from Coops for organizing businesses
When Ostrom Meets Blockchain
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New Book Chapter about „Cooperatives in the Age of Sharing“