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Sharing Economy

Making Supply Meet Demand

  • Ming Hu

Part of the Springer Series in Supply Chain Management book series (SSSCM, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ming Hu
    Pages 1-8
  3. Impact of Sharing Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Saif Benjaafar, Guangwen Kong, Xiang Li, Costas Courcoubetis
      Pages 11-36
    3. Siddhartha Banerjee, Ramesh Johari
      Pages 73-97
  4. Intermediary Role of a Sharing Platform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Gerard P. Cachon, Kaitlin M. Daniels, Ruben Lobel
      Pages 101-113
    3. Jiaru Bai, Kut C. So, Christopher S. Tang, Xiqun (Michael) Chen, Hai Wang
      Pages 115-136
    4. Yiwei Chen, Ming Hu, Yun Zhou
      Pages 137-164
    5. Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo, Eren B. Çil
      Pages 165-192
    6. Kostas Bimpikis, Yiangos Papanastasiou
      Pages 193-216
    7. Itai Gurvich, Martin Lariviere, Antonio Moreno
      Pages 249-278
  5. Crowdsourcing Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Simone Marinesi, Karan Girotra, Serguei Netessine
      Pages 347-377
    3. Laurence Ales, Soo-Haeng Cho, Ersin Körpeoğlu
      Pages 379-406

About this book


This edited book examines the challenges and opportunities arising from today’s sharing economy from an operations management perspective.  Individual chapter authors present state-of-the-art research that examines the general impact of sharing economy on production and consumption; the intermediary role of a sharing platform; crowdsourcing management; and context-based operational problems.

Sharing economy refers to a market model that enables and facilitates the sharing of access to goods and services. For example, Uber allows riders to share a car. Airbnb allows homeowners to share their extra rooms with renters. Groupon crowdsources demands, enabling customers to share the benefit of discounted goods and services, whereas Kickstarter crowdsources funds, enabling backers to fund a project jointly. Unlike the classic supply chain settings in which a firm makes inventory and supply decisions, in sharing economy, supply is crowdsourced and can be modulated by a platform. The matching-supply-with-demand process in a sharing economy requires novel perspectives and tools to address challenges and identify opportunities.

The book is comprised of 20 chapters that are divided into four parts.  The first part explores the general impact of sharing economy on the production, consumption, and society.  The second part explores the intermediary role of a sharing platform that matches crowdsourced supply with demand.  The third part investigates the crowdsourcing management on a sharing platform, and the fourth part is dedicated to context-based operational problems of popular sharing economy applications.

“While sharing economy is becoming omnipresence, the operations management (OM) research community has begun to explore and examine different business models in the transportation, healthcare, financial, accommodation, and sourcing sectors. This book presents a collection of the state-of-the-art research work conducted by a group of world-leading OM researchers in this area. Not only does this book cover a wide range of business models arising from the sharing economy, but it also showcases different modeling frameworks and research methods that cannot be missed. Ultimately, this book is a tour de force – informative and insightful!”

Christopher S. Tang
Distinguished Professor and Edward Carter Chair in Business Administration
UCLA Anderson School of Management


Collaborative Consumption Crowdfunding Crowdsourcing Innovation Contests On-Demand Booking Systems Service Platform Sharing Economy Supply Chains

Editors and affiliations

  • Ming Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.Rotman School of ManagementUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

About the editors

Ming Hu is a Professor of Operations Management at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and one of the 2018 Poets & Quants Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professors. His research has been featured in media such as Financial Times. Most recently, he focuses on operations management in the context of sharing economy, social buying, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and two-sided markets, with the goal to exploit operational decisions to the benefit of the society. He is the recipient of Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award by POM Society (2016) and Best Operations Management Paper in Management Science Award by INFORMS (2017). He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Naval Research Logistics, co-editor of a special issue of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management on sharing economy and innovative marketplaces, and associate editor of Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and senior editor of Production and Operations Management. He received a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University in 2009.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sharing Economy
  • Book Subtitle Making Supply Meet Demand
  • Editors Ming Hu
  • Series Title Springer Series in Supply Chain Management
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Series in Supply Chain Management
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-01862-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-01863-4
  • Series ISSN 2365-6395
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-6409
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 528
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Supply Chain Management
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
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