Organizational Forms and the field of the Platform Economy

Platform organizations for sharing, swapping and other ways of collaborative consumption are widely associated with positive economic, ecological and social effects, but existing organizational forms also face much criticism. What alternative organizational forms exist in the platform economy?

Societal expectations regarding the aims of organizations have changed at the latest since the global economic and financial crisis in 2008. Established firms are expected to not only be economically successful, but to also act in a socially and ecologically responsible way. In addition, newly founded organizations aim to achieve social and ecological aims by using management practices and means.

Particularly interesting are thereby new models of sharing, because sharing organizations are active in various industries and organizational fields and because where they oftentimes cooperate or compete with established organizations. They thereby rely on the same set of management practices, but combine them in a way that allows them to achieve social and ecological aims. As a result, new organizational forms evolve. 

Despite the existing diversity of these forms it is not yet understood, how these organizational forms evolve and what impact they have. Contributing to closing this research gap is the aim of this research project.


Platform Coop Learning Journey: Invitation to joint event (30/04/2019)
The teams of SMart Belgium, platforms2share, and SUPERMARKT are partnering up to provide a unique learning journey for platform coops with support from the Enterprise Europe Network and the two EU-funded projects BeShared and EU-GIVE. more...
platforms2share Workshop: Wie behauptet man sich in der Plattformökonomie? (09/10/2018)
Sie betreiben eine digitale Plattform oder sind Teil einer solchen Organisation? Sie haben eine Genossenschaft gegründet und interessieren sich für die Plattformökonomie? Dann diskutieren Sie mit uns und nehmen Sie an unserem Workshop am 17. Oktober 2018 in Berlin teil. more...
How to WEconomize local infrastructures? Invitation to talk and discussion (29/05/2018)
platforms2share & Platform Coops Berlin invite to a joint workshop. Zafrir Bloch-Davin and Yair Friedman from WEconomize in Tel Aviv, Israel, will present and discuss two current projects on local ecosystems and platforms. more...




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