[AISWorld] CFP -- Internet Research Special Issue on the Sharing Economy

Bo Xiao boxiao at hawaii.edu
Tue Jan 2 03:28:51 EST 2018

Special issue call for papers from Internet Research

Guest Editors:
Dr. Bo Xiao, University of Hawaii at Manoa (boxiao at hawaii.edu)
Dr. Eric Lim, University of New South Wales (e.t.lim at unsw.edu.au)
Dr. Chee-Wee Tan, Copenhagen Business School (cta.itm at cbs.dk)
Dr. Zach Lee, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (
zach.lee at nottingham.edu.cn)

Submission Deadline (extended): March 5, 2018

Motivation and Aim of the Special Issue

Sharing is ingrained in the fabric of society and efficient access to goods
and services constitutes a major force driving much of the economic
activity today. With greater connectivity brought about by the proliferation
of internetworking technologies, it has become much easier for individuals
to circumvent spatial and temporal barriers during interactions, thereby
giving rise to a novel Sharing Economy that is structured around the
of conventional channels of commerce in the exchange of both tangible and
intangible resources. The sharingeconomy has gained notable attention
within mainstream media as a new economic paradigm that leverages
peer-to-peer technological platforms to facilitate exchange of resources
among individuals who are joined via fluid relational networks. Almost
overnight, numerous peer-to-peer platforms—in the likes of crowd-working
(e.g., Airbnb, Uber, Amazon Mechanic Turk, E-Lance, Fiverr), co-innovation
(e.g., Mindmixer, Social Innovator), crowd-funding (e.g., Kickstarter,
Indiegogo), crowd-searching (e.g., Crowdfynd, CrowdSearching), and
crowd-voting (e.g., California Report Card, Threadless) — have sprung up to
facilitate both individuals and/or organizations to pool resources in
resolving problems.

While there are many practitioners who have prophesized the sharing economy as
a game-changer for how organizations and society function, there are also a
number of detractors who questioned the uncertain and potentially
disruptive future that is brought about by such peer-to-peer exchanges.
Critics have painted a dismal picture of the sharing economy as a means for
individuals and/or firms to dodge proper regulations and live beyond their
means, which in turn contributes to doomsday scenarios of massive job
displacements and spending habits detrimental to society. In light of
the opportunities
and challenges posed by the sharing economy, there is a clear urgency for a
systematic and thorough scrutiny of how value creation and appropriation
can take place within such economic environments while minimizing its
negative impact to society.

The aim of this special issue of Internet Research is to sensitize both
academics and practitioners to the latest trends and developments in the
sharing economy in order to determine how value can be created and
appropriated within this novel economic environment powered primarily by
This special issue embraces both retrospective and progressive views of how
the sharing economy has evolved and would transform with technological
advances. We welcome papers that identify and address knowledge gaps in how
emergent technologies are shaping the access and sharing of resources
within online peer-to-peer communities. Papers that subscribe to
inter-disciplinary perspectives and/or adopt mixed methods are particularly

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

Collaborative consumption and production in sharing economy
Crowdfunding and communal investment
Crowdsourcing and open innovation
Crowd platform strategies
Data privacy and security in sharing economy
Design and innovation of crowd platforms
Digital business models of sharing economy
Digital labor markets and workforce management in sharing economy
Disruptive innovation in sharing economy
Market mechanics of sharing economy
Policy formulation for sharing economy
Reputation and trust in sharing economy
Social network in sharing economy
Socio-economic and political challenges of sharing economy
Value appropriation in sharing economy

Submission due date: March 5th, 2018
First round reviews: May 1st, 2018
Revisions due: June 15th, 2018
Second round decision: August 1st, 2018
Revisions due: September 1st, 2018
Final editorial decision: September 15th, 2018
Please see our author guidelines for more details and submission
instructions. Submissions to Internet Research are made using ScholarOne
Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Please be sure
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Best regards,
Bo Sophia Xiao

Associate Professor
Shidler College Distinguished Associate Professor (Endowed)
Information Technology Management Department
Shidler College of Business
The University of Hawaii at Manoa
Tel.: (808) 956-7368
Email: boxiao at hawaii.edu
Website: http://shidler.hawaii.edu/directory/bo-sophia-xiao/itm

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