Emerging themes and theories in the sharing economy: A critical note for hospitality and tourism

Levent Altinay, Babak Taheri

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The purpose of this study is to review and synthesise recent studies in the sharing economy literature and identify the knowledge gap and future opportunities for hospitality and tourism researchers.

The study commences by introducing sharing economy models and strategic frameworks for profitable service enabler performance. Following this, it identifies emerging overarching theories (e.g. complexity theory, social exchange theory, norm activation model, and value co-creation) and some emerging themes (i.e. trust and reputation, disruptive behaviour, choice and segmentation, pricing strategies, socially excluded consumers, personality and satisfaction) in current hospitality and tourism studies from top-tier journals.

The findings of the study suggest new paths for advancing theoretical and practical implications for hospitality and tourism studies.

Practical implications
The themes, models and overarching theories reviewed in this study are relevant and insightful across the fulcrum of hospitality and tourism research. It offers several useful guides for practitioners and academics to trace relevant literature on different aspects of sharing economy and perceptibly highlight the gaps in existing studies.

The paper provides new directions to broaden interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches undertaken by scholars within both the field of hospitality and tourism management and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-193
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number1
Early online date11 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019


  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Sharing economy
  • Themes
  • Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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