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Collectively Building a Sustainable Sharing Economy Based on Trust and Regulation

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Department of Marketing, Institute for International Marketing Management, Vienna University of Business and Economics, Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna, Austria
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Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods, Vienna University of Business and Economics, Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna, Austria
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Institute of Organization and Global Management Education, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Str. 69, A-4040 Linz, Austria
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3754; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103754
Received: 15 October 2018 / Accepted: 16 October 2018 / Published: 18 October 2018
The articles in this Special Issue on the sharing economy’s role in fostering sustainability comprise eight contributions to answer how trust and regulation shape relations of providers and consumers. We identify indispensable aspects of the sharing economy to show its potential in fostering sustainability. This is in some contrast to existing definitions and applications of sharing economy business models, which do not place sustainability in their focus. The studies employ a variety of methods, covering quantitative and qualitative research to investigate building of communities on the consumer side, as well as trust-building and implementation of regulations in the interaction between providers and consumers in Asia and Europe. Some areas in the sharing economy foster sustainability, some foster social cohesion and in the end build social capital, but others focus at first sight on convenience and lifestyle. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing economy; sustainable lifestyle; trust; regulation; provider and consumer interaction sharing economy; sustainable lifestyle; trust; regulation; provider and consumer interaction
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Penz, E.; Hartl, B.; Hofmann, E. Collectively Building a Sustainable Sharing Economy Based on Trust and Regulation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3754.

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