1st Edition

Digital Entrepreneurship and the Sharing Economy

Edited By Evgueni Vinogradov, Birgit Leick, Djamchid Assadi Copyright 2021
    238 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The digital and increasingly digitised world is shaped by the interplay of new technological opportunities and ubiquitous societal trends. Both lead to drastic changes facing artificial intelligence (AI), cryptocurrencies and block-chain technologies, internet of things, technology-based surveillance, and other disruptive innovations. These developments facilitate the rise of the sharing economy and open for a variety of new entrepreneurial opportunities that businesses can take up. The novel entrepreneurial opportunities, however, imply a paradigmatic shift in the understanding of entrepreneurship.

    This book combines digital entrepreneurship with the sharing economy. It presents cutting-edge research for scholars and practitioners interested in either one of the topics – digital entrepreneurship or sharing economy – or their connection. The book addresses three major ways to become entrepreneurial in the sharing economy: digital entrepreneurship through creating novel sharing-economy platforms; technology entrepreneurship through the exploitation of sharing-economy platforms; and business model innovation or business model change influenced by the sharing economy. The book also highlights governance questions on digital entrepreneurship in the sharing economy, which are highly relevant for businesses, the economy, and society. 

    The book will be of interested to researchers, academics, and students in the field of business and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on digital entrepreneurship.

    Part I: Conceptualization of digital entrepreneurship and sharing economy

    1. Regional sharing-economy entrepreneurs and the diversity of their business models

    Birgit Leick, Mehtap Aldogan Eklund, Susanne Gretzinger, Anna Marie Dyhr Ulrich

    2. Digital subsistence entrepreneurs in developed countries: Opportunities and limitations of peer-to-peer platforms

    Eva Delacroix, Florence Benoit-Moreau, Béatrice Parguel

    3. Digital entrepreneurship across P2P, B2C and B2B contexts: A bibliometric analysis deconstructing extant research on sharing economy business models

    Karl Joachim Breung, Henrik Johansen, Jørgen Røste Kristiansen

    4. The sharing economy as an entrepreneurial evolution of electronic commerce

    Andrea Geissinger, Christofer Laurell, Christina Öberg, Christian Sandström

    Part II: Digital entrepreneurship and sharing economy: various cases and contexts

    5. Asymmetries of local economic impacts of digital entrepreneurship in Denmark: The case of Airbnb

    Jie Zhang, Nino Javakhishvili-Larsen

    6. How can digital entrepreneurship address social issues? The case of EkoHarita in fighting ecological disruption

    Zeynep Özsoy, Beyza Oba

    7. Fostering open innovation in digital startups – an explorative study of Norwegian coworking spaces

    Anh Nguyen Duc, Simode Sperinde

    8. Gigging with an MBA: when elite workers join the "gig economy for finance people"

    Alexandrea J. Ravenelle, Erica Janko, Ken Cai Kowalski

    9. Coworking spaces in the sharing economy - examples from an emerging country

    Ozge Kirezli, M.G. Serap Atakan

    Part III: Governance and legal structure

    10. The EU legal-regulatory framework for digital entrepreneurs in the sharing economy

    Emily M. Weitzenboeck

    11. U.S. Securities Crowdfunding: A Way to Economic Inclusion for Low-Income Entrepreneurs?

    Joan MacLeod Heminway


    Evgueni Vinogradov is a senior researcher and former research director at Nordland Research Institute, Norway.

    Birgit Leick is an associate professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway.

    Djamchid Assadi is a professor of Digital and Sharing Economy and Strategy at Burgundy School of Business (BSB), France.