Business & Information Systems Engineering

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 93–99 | Cite as

Sharing Economy

  • Thomas PuschmannEmail author
  • Rainer Alt

Drivers and Potentials

IT as Enabler

The internet has seen many steps of evolution since the inception of the world wide web in 1992. They comprise various steps in electronic, mobile and social business (Wikipedia 2015). While all phases have spurred new business models, the recent social web also enables a paradigm change from owning to using goods and/or services. Contrary to the traditional market model, which is based on ownership, the “Sharing Economy” is built on using and sharing of products and services among others. The principle per se is not new: sharing resources is known in business-to-business (B2B) domains, such as the sharing of machinery in agriculture and forestry (e.g., Maschinenring in the German-speaking countries) as well as in business-to-consumer (B2C) domains (e.g., self-service laundries, ski/video and car rental, public libraries and pools). It has recently received a proliferation to consumer-to-consumer (C2C) transactions and resulted in new business...


Social networks Collaborative consumption Service science Hybrid economic models Collective intelligence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Information Systems InstituteUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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