Collaborative Economy

- History of the collaborative economy - Impacts of the collaborative economy (Uberisation) - Economics of the collaborative economy - Environmental impacts of the collaborative economy - Digital trends - HR effects of the collaborative economy - Social business models in the collaborative economy

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Cusumano, Michael A., Yoffie, David B., & Gawer, Annabelle (2020). The Future of Platforms. In MITSloan Management Review, 61/3, pp. 46-54 Ertz, M., & Boily, É. (2019). The rise of the digital economy: Thoughts on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for the collaborative economy. International Journal of Innovation Studies, 3(4), 84-93. doi: Frenken, K., & Schor, J. (2017). Putting the sharing economy into perspective. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 23, 3-10. doi: Gruszka, K. (2017). Framing the collaborative economy —Voices of contestation. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 23, 92-104. doi: Hatzopoulos, V., & Roma, S. (2017). Caring for sharing? The collaborative economy ander EU law. Common Market Law Review, 54(1), 81-127.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Impulse Lecture, case studies, online quizzes

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment (quality of completed work assignments and result presentations), final exam


Degree programme

European Economy & Business Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



5 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of this course, students can: - explain how the collaborative economy has developed - critically reflect the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the collaborative economy - understand the digital trends that shape the collaborative economy - critically discuss employee relations, leadership, and teamwork in a collaborative economy - understand the legal challenges of the collaborative economy - create socially responsible collaborative economy models. The learning outcomes of this course contribute mainly to the following (international) programme learning outcomes: LO 2.1., LO 2.2.; LO 3.5.

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