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Crises and the Sharing Economy

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (26 March 2023) | Viewed by 2223

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Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, CS, Italy
Interests: innovation management; open innovation; entrepreneurship; corporate-start-up collaboration; knowledge management
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Department of Civil, Energy, Environmental and Material Engineering, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: entrepreneurship and innovation management; collaborative/sharing economy; business models; smart cities; urban mobility; logistics innovation; marketing; (social) network analysis; technology forecasting; patent analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The manifold crises that affect(ed) several industries, sectors, and markets have pave(d) new avenues (of research) in the field of the sharing/collaborative* economy, with B2B, B2C, and P2P perspectives.

Crises are opening up new opportunities and threats, and acting as game-changing triggers in terms of stakeholders’ behaviour, disruptive rise of platforms and business model innovation.

Economic, social and political crises are generally intertwined with natural/environmental disasters—e.g., in the case of COVID-19—, thus putting the key role of (economic, social, and environmental) sustainability into the foreground in many industries (tourism, transport, health, education, etc.).

While facing such crises, policy-makers, platforms and users are still striving to solve the governance, policy, and regulatory issues related to the collaborative economy as well as striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to improve the success/survival rate of collaborative economy platforms, all of which are being attempted by means of new business models, digitization, and emerging, data-driven technologies (e.g. IoT, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence).

All these considerations guide the proposal of this Special Issue, which aims to collect (quantitative/qualitative) empirical and theoretical research contributions on how (economic, natural/environmental, political, and social) crises have affected the manifold plethora of actors connected to the sharing economy and its collaborative platforms. Scientific contributions will be accepted in the areas of (but not limited to):

  • Management strategies to face crises affecting the sharing economy;
  • Behavioural changes in collaborative consumption;
  • Trends and challenges in the environmental and economic sustainability of sharing economy platforms;
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the sharing economy;
  • Governance, policy, and regulation issues in the sharing economy;
  • Disruptions and business model innovation in the sharing economy;
  • Technology- and data-driven impacts on collaborative economy platforms;
  • Emerging opportunities in the sharing economy.

* In this document, sharing and collaborative economy are intended to be understood synonymously.

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Corvello
Dr. Carlo Giglio
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sharing economy
  • collaborative economy
  • collaborative consumption
  • behavioural analysis
  • environmental sustainability
  • economic sustainability
  • business model innovation
  • circular economy
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • COVID-19
  • governance of sharing economy platforms
  • policies and regulatory frameworks for the sharing economy
  • data science in the sharing economy
  • digitization
  • emerging technologies
  • internet of Things
  • blockchain
  • cryptocurrencies
  • artificial intelligence
  • online/offline platforms
  • platform ecosystems
  • platform orchestration
  • economic crises
  • natural disasters
  • political crises
  • social crises

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25 pages, 2641 KiB  
Article
Regulatory Effect on Information Sharing of Industrial Internet Platforms Based on Three Differentiated Game Scenarios
Sustainability 2023, 15(1), 416; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010416 - 27 Dec 2022
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Abstract
This study constructs a regulatory system for information sharing on industrial internet platforms from a technical and socio-legal perspective. A differentiated game is used to construct decentralized, centralized, and cost-sharing contract decision-making scenarios to obtain the optimal level of efforts for information-sharing regulation. [...] Read more.
This study constructs a regulatory system for information sharing on industrial internet platforms from a technical and socio-legal perspective. A differentiated game is used to construct decentralized, centralized, and cost-sharing contract decision-making scenarios to obtain the optimal level of efforts for information-sharing regulation. Through a comparative analysis, the optimal solutions under the three scenarios were derived. These solutions were then analyzed through numerical simulations using Matlab2016a. Our research demonstrates the following: (1) Centralized decision-making is most beneficial to the development of information-sharing regulatory systems. (2) Beyond a critical value for the local government cost subsidy coefficients, changes in these coefficients have a more pronounced effect on improving the economic efficiency of the regulatory system, and vice versa. That is, when the cost subsidy coefficient is higher than 1/2, increasing the cost subsidy coefficient has a more pronounced effect on improving the economic efficiency of the information-sharing regulatory system. (3) In all scenarios, an increase in the regulatory effort can effectively enhance the reputation of the information-sharing regulatory system. This study further extends the research on information-sharing regulations and provides a practical guide to industrial internet platforms. Full article
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