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Peer-to-Peer Service Sharing Platforms : Driving Share and Share Alike on a Mass-Scale

By Magnus Andersson, Anders Hjalmarsson and Michel Avital


The sharing economy has been growing continuously in the last decade thanks to theproliferation of internet-based platforms that allow people to disintermediate thetraditional commercial channels and to share excess resources and trade with oneanother effectively at a reasonably low transaction cost. Whereas early peer-to-peerplatforms were designed to enable file sharing and goods trading, we recently witnessthe emergence of a new breed of peer-to-peer platforms that are designed for ordinaryservice sharing. Ordinary services entail intangible provisions and are defined as aneconomic activity that generates immaterialbenefits and does not result in ownershipof material goods. Based on a structuredanalysis of 41 internet-based rideshareplatforms, we explore and layout the unique characteristics of peer-to-peer servicesharing platforms based on three distincttemporal patterns that entail specificconsequences for platform use as well as provide insights about their overall designimperative

Topics: Digital Platforms, Peer-to-Peer, Service Sharing, Service Economy, Sharing, Economy, Temporal Design Patterns, Informationsystem, Digital tjänsteinnovation, Informatik, Information Systems, Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik
Publisher: 'Association for Information Systems'
Year: 2013
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