Sharing economy: a bibliometric analysis of the state of research
by Matthias Filser; Victor Tiberius; Sascha Kraus; Jonathan Spitzer; Norbert Kailer; Ricarda B. Bouncken
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV), Vol. 12, No. 6, 2020

Abstract: The sharing economy has received increased attention in entrepreneurship research, resulting in a complex research landscape that is hard to overlook. Using a bibliometric analysis, we aim to further synthesise the field by: 1) summarising the most important definitions given by extant literature to capture the common understanding of the sharing economy; 2) identifying three thematic clusters based on the top 20 most cited publications; 3) conducting a citation analysis to show interdependencies between all authors; and 4) identifying the research methods used in the SE publications. Our results show: 1) many definitions with different emphases; 2) conceptualisation, collaborative consumption/ownership and the disruptive character of the sharing economy as three dominant research clusters; 3) a fairly even citation practice allowing for unbiased future research; and 4) that conceptual publications and quantitative as well as qualitative studies are fairly evenly published.

Online publication date: Tue, 05-Jan-2021

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