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Airbnb; Case No. E470

This case study from Stanford Business School describes the decisions the Airbnb founders had to make in the early days in order to build a long-term business.

Andrew Rachleff, Sara Rosenthal

Airbnb (A); Case No. 9-912-019

This case study from Harvard Business School discusses the period where Airbnb faced complaints of destructive guests and unreliable hosts. The company had to examine what mechanisms would facilitate trust between guests and hosts.

Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca

Consumer Power: Evolution in the Digital Age

Labrecque et al. chart the evolution of consumer power since the early days of the internet and set an agenda for future research on consumer empowerment in the digital age.

Participation / Behavior
Lauren I. Labrecque, Jonas vor dem Esche, Charla Mathwick, Thomas P. Novak & Charles F. Hofacker

Peer-to-Peer Rental Markets in the Sharing Economy

This report from New York University asks the question: will the sharing economy create long-run economic value? The authors study the welfare and distributional effects of peer-to-peer rental markets.

Samuel Fraiberger and Arun Sundararajan

Sustainability framings of accommodation sharing

This study by Voytenko Palgan et al. breaks down sustainability narratives in the accommodation sharing sector, producing a rich analysis of ‘framings’ held by different platforms and users.

Yuliya Voytenko Palgan, Lucie Zvolska, Oksana Mont

North American Carsharing, 10 Year Perspective

This study from the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley examines North America’s carsharing evolution from initial market entry and experimentation to commercial mainstreaming.

Car Sharing
Susan A. Shaheen, Adam P. Cohen, and Melissa S. Chung

Ride On! Mobility Business Models for the Sharing Economy

This paper written by Boyd Cohen and Jan Kietzmann, discusses the existing shared mobility business models in order to uncover the optimal relationship between service providers and local governments to achieve the common objective of sustainable mobility.

Rides (shared and solo)
Boyd Cohen and Jan Kietzmann

Policies for Shareable Cities

This guide produced by Shareable and Sustainable Economies Law Center curates scores of innovative, high impact policies that US city governments have put in place to help citizens share resources, co-produce, and create their own jobs.


Sharing and the City

Relying on historical perspectives and current-day examples, Finck and Ranchordás set out a framework for how cities can adopt more flexible approaches in regulating the sharing economy.

Michèle Finck and Sofia Ranchordás

Timeline of Large Brands in the Collaborative Economy

Since 2013 Crowd Companies has been tracking different ways large companies are participating in the collaborative economy. This spreadsheet offers a timeline and also several visualisations describing the activities of large brands.

Size and Growth
Jeremiah Owyang

The Collaborative Economy: A Pipeline of Innovations for Sustainable Development

Can the collaborative economy solve issues at the heart of the sustainability puzzle? PICO delves into the environmental and social impacts and suggests a new role for public authorities.

Damien Demailly, Valentina Carbone, Aurélien Acquier, David Massé, Dominique Roux, Simon Borel, Florence Benoit-Moreau, Valérie Guillard, Beatrice Parguel, Flore Berlingen, Maelle Cappello, Arthur de Grave, Benjamin Tincq

Understanding Alternative Finance

Nesta in collaboration with University of Cambridge, aims to show the landscape of new financing models that have emerged outside of the traditional financial system, focusing on online platforms or websites.

Peter Baeck, Liam Collins and Bryan Zhang

The Collaborative Economy

Through informative graphics, this report authored by Jeremiah Owyang, Christine Tran and Chris Silva explores the market forces driving the rapid growth in the collaborative economy space.

Market Understanding
Jeremiah Owyang, Christine Tran and Chris Silva


This case study, prepared for the Collaborative Economy course taught by Rachel Botsman at Said Business School, aims to answer what makes Airbnb a revolutionary travel company. What values are embedded into its culture that guide the company in handling tough management and trust debacles and help it stay focused while growing at an exponential rate?

Rachel Botsman and Lauren Capelin

Who Cares?

This report from Nesta examines the need to increase the supply and improve efficiency of informal care for older people, with a focus on the role that entrepreneurs and technology can play.

Katie Mountain

Platform Cooperativism

What are platform cooperatives and how can they contribute to a more worker-friendly collaborative economy? Trebor Scholz outlines 10 principles for platform cooperativism.

Trebor Scholz

Open education: A study in disruption

This study published on Curve,the institutional repository for Coventry University explores the disruption of the traditional university as a result of the increasingly widespread provision of free online open education.

Open Learning
Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Gary Hall, Ted Byfield, Shaun Hides and Simon Worthington

Limits to the Sharing Economy

In this study, Pargman et al. posit that a truly sustainable Sharing Economy cannot be achieved without considering the absolute limits of our planet’s shrinking resources.

Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson, Adrian Friday

Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit

This report from the Transit Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program explores current practices in using ride sharing to complement public transit and highlights ways to potentially enhance rides haring and public transit.

Rides (shared and solo)

Airbnb; Case No. 9-812-046

This case study from Harvard Business School discusses the period when the three founders of Airbnb joined a YCombinator (YC), a business accelerator located in Mountain View, CA.

Joseph B. Lassiter III and Evan Richardson

Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy

Nesta in collaboration with Collaborative Lab surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults about their participation in collaborative activities across a selection of sectors.

Participation / Behavior
Kathleen Stokes, Emma Clarence, Lauren Capelin, April Rinne

Bikesharing in Europe, The America, and Asia: Past, Present, and Future

This study from the Transportation Research Board discusses the different bikesharing programs across the world. It shows a range of the business models bikesharing programs use as well the providers. It also discusses the social and environmental impacts of using bikesharing programs.

Bike Sharing
Susan Shaheen, Stacey Guzman and Hua Zhang

The Impact of Carsharing on Vehicle Ownership

Transportation Sustainability Research Center from the University of California, Berkeley surveyed 6,281 North American carsharing members to determine the impacts of carsharing on household vehicle holdings and aggregate vehicle population.

Car Sharing
Elliot Martin and Susan Shaheen

Britain’s Pop-up Retail Economy

This report released by the Centre for Economics and Business Research reveals the rate of growth of popup retailers in the UK. It analyses this industry’s contributions to the UK economy and the barriers it faces.

Charles Davis and Christopher Evans

BIBA’s Guide to The Sharing Economy

A key barrier that the independent UK government review written by Debbie Wosskow raised was difficulties in getting appropriate insurance products in the sharing economy. This paper is the British Insurance Brokers’ Association’s (BIBA) guide to insurance for sharing economy businesses, which was released in response to the UK government independent review.


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