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Implementation of the Sharing Economy in the B2B Sector

The Management Faculty, Czestochowa University of Technology, 42-201 Czestochowa, Poland
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3976; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143976
Received: 27 June 2019 / Revised: 18 July 2019 / Accepted: 19 July 2019 / Published: 22 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social and New Technology Challenges of Sustainable Business)
The sharing economy is treated as an alternative consumption model. Its aim is to increase the efficiency of the resources used and create a new value for society. In order to create a new value for business, attempts are being made to implement a shared economy model in the B2B (business-to-business) sector. While this model is effectively implemented in the case of B2C (business-to-consumer) relations, sharing resources is still a problem in the business environment. In the case of B2B relationships, the use of the sharing economy has a number of unresolved issues concerning legal regulations, responsibility, and security. The research presented in this article includes the analysis and assessment of the sharing economy between enterprises in order to identify whether, and in what way, the exchange of material resources between them is implemented. In order to indicate what factors motivate enterprises for sharing and using the resources of other companies, the selected methods of statistical testing were applied. The empirical research was preceded by the literature analysis in which the basic concepts and aspects of the concept of the sharing economy was referred to against the background of the fourth industrial revolution. The obtained results showed that enterprises which have fixed assets are willing to exchange them with other entities. At the same time, the lack of formal and technological solutions is the most important barrier in implementing the economy of sharing in B2B. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing economy; B2B relationships; business model sharing economy; B2B relationships; business model
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Grondys, K. Implementation of the Sharing Economy in the B2B Sector. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3976.

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