Italianway: An Entrepreneurial Innovation for Hospitality in Contemporary Cities

  • Annalinda De Rosa
  • Martina Mazzarello
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This chapter is devoted to a specific case of sharing economy in Milan, broadening the vision to include the influence that infrastructuring processes have not only on the complex socio-technical system (scale-up) but also on a single case at local level (scale-down), supporting the authors in a reflection of the impact of the sharing economy on management innovation. We describe Italianway, a Milanese platform that links visitors with the local communities and services to offer an authentic experience of the city; in the creators’ words: “Live like a local, welcome to Milan”. This chapter illustrates the favourable factors of the wider contemporary scenario on local economic growth, enabling the introduction of innovative solutions into a traditional economic system through the hybridisation of the sharing economy approach with and within a given milieu.



The authors would like to thank the founders of Italianway for being available to share useful information and interesting reflections for the definition of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Design—Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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