What and how are we sharing? A systematic review of the sharing paradigm and practices

Ryu, Hyeonju, Basu, Mrittika and Saito, Osamu, (2018). What and how are we sharing? A systematic review of the sharing paradigm and practices. Sustainability Science, 14(2), 515-527

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    Author Ryu, Hyeonju
    Basu, Mrittika
    Saito, Osamu
    Title What and how are we sharing? A systematic review of the sharing paradigm and practices
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Volume 14
    Issue No. 2
    Publication Date 2018-10-26
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Springer Japan KK
    Start page 515
    End page 527
    Language eng
    Abstract Sharing of resources, goods, services, experiences and knowledge is one of the fundamental practices that has been widely embedded in human nature. With the advance of information and communication technology, the realm of sharing has expanded drastically, which has led to the evolution of the ‘sharing paradigm’. In spite of the increasing attention on the new sharing phenomenon and its potential contribution to a sustainable and resilient society, there is a lack of comprehensive understanding of varied sharing practices in the context of sustainability and resilience. This study maps out the academic landscape of sharing studies and examines what and how we share by a systematic literature review. Based on the review of 297 peer-reviewed papers, we explore the features of varied sharing practices identified in academia. We also discuss research gaps in sharing paradigm studies and the potential contribution of sharing to building sustainable and resilient societies. Our results show regional and sectoral imbalances in the sharing studies. The findings also illustrate that sharing of manufactured goods and accommodations, and access-based sharing with monetary compensation via intermediaries such as online platforms are predominant. Our evaluation provides a bird’s-eye view of existing sharing studies and practices, enabling the discovery of new opportunities for sustainable and resilient societies.
    Keyword sharing paradigm
    sharing economy
    collaborative consumption
    Copyright Holder Springer Japan KK
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1007/s11625-018-0638-2
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