Copycats among underdogs - echoing the sharing economy business model

GEISSINGER, A., LAURELL, C. and ÖBERG, Christina (2021). Copycats among underdogs - echoing the sharing economy business model. Industrial Marketing Management, 96, 287-299.

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The sharing economy has gained traction in several industry sectors by establishing ever-new platforms, with digital intermediation and peer-to-peer exchanges at the heart of the business model. Most research on the sharing economy concerns the phenomenon level or focuses on the operations of single platforms. This paper connects various sharing economy platforms by asking: How has the sharing economy spread to new platforms? The purpose of the paper is to explain the pattern of spread of the sharing economy business model. Findings point out a seamless, unobtrusive pattern echoing characteristics of the sharing economy business model across distant sectors to avoid competition while reproducing activities in ever-new resource settings. The paper continues the exploration of the sharing economy related to industrial marketing through moving from the individual platforms to the way they lead to new ones while acknowledging how the innovative model for new platforms is highly based on mandates created through acknowledging oneself as a role model successor. Such a spread mechanism redefines innovation newness, adaptation and diffusion, and raises new insights to understand how current business landscapes would be under the possible transition into a new logic of operations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosystem; Platform; Sharing economy; Social media analytics; Marketing; 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing
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Page Range: 287-299
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 16:24
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 16:30

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