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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.


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.


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.



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?


Cities, The Sharing Economy and What’s Next

This report from the National League of Cities seeks to provide an analysis of what is currently happening in American cities so that city leaders may better understand, encourage and regulate the growing sharing economy.


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.


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.


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

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)

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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 (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.


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.


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

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

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