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Application of theories of firm to sharing economy platforms based on Uber example (Aplikacja teorii istnienia przedsiebiorstw dla podmiotow ekonomii wspoldzielenia na przykladzie firmy Uber)

Tomasz Meksula ()
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Tomasz Meksula: Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydzial Zarzadzania

Research Reports, 2017, vol. 2, issue 25, 38-46

Abstract: This paper applies various theories of firms to explain existence of sharing economies platforms based on Uber examples. The purpose of this article is to investigate if existing theories like: transaction costs theory, resource based view, theory of accumulation of knowledge, behavioral theory, and agency theory, can be applied to explain why sharing economy platform exists. The article in based on literature review of existing theories of firm. The article confirms that existing theories of firm can be used to explain why sharing platforms exists. The only exception is agency theory that cannot be used to evidence Uber existence. The article highlights the need to explore relation between sharing platforms and service providers in future studies.

Keywords: Uber; sharing platforms; sharing economy; collaborative consumption; transaction costs theory; resource based view; theory of accumulation of knowledge; behavioral theory; and agency theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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