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Is the Meaning of the “Sharing Economy” Shared Among Us? Comparing the Perspectives of Japanese and Swedish Researchers

Takashi Majima (), Per Fors (), Yu Inutsuka () and Yohko Orito ()
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Takashi Majima: Senshu University
Per Fors: Uppsala University
Yu Inutsuka: Nagoya Institute of Technology
Yohko Orito: Ehime University

The Review of Socionetwork Strategies, 2021, vol. 15, issue 1, 87-106

Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we aim to investigate how researchers in Japan and Sweden perceive and approach the term “sharing economy” in research publications. Systematic literature reviews were used to explore academic discussions in both countries. The main finding of this research is that although researchers in both contexts use similar definitions and concepts, the meanings and connotations of the sharing economy differ among the two contexts. In summary, Japanese researchers tend to focus first and foremost on the economic effects of the sharing economy, as it serves the purpose of economic revitalisation. In contrast, Swedish researchers focus on its environmental effects. The differences reflect country-specific socio-cultural, technological, and economic contexts. Finally, we suggest future directions for research and policy development.

Keywords: Sharing economy; Collaborative consumption; Rashomon-like reality; Systematic literature review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s12626-021-00068-7

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