New Results on Sharing Economy Presented at 51st HICSS Conference

© 2018 EPFL

© 2018 EPFL

Prof. Weber presented his latest paper on “The Dynamics of Asset Sharing and Private Use” at the 51st Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) on January 6, 2018. In this research, he develops a model to describe rational sharing decisions given the tradeoff between asset degradation through sharing and the additional revenue market-based sharing may bring.

The key insight from the paper is that depending on the various payoffs different boundary regimes are possible in which sharing might be either always or never optimal. If sharing is sometimes optimal, then it is best to share an item only at the beginning of its lifetime. A leading example is the grid connection of shared electric vehicles, related to a paper with A. Nursimulu which was presented at the 2nd HAEE in Athens in May 2017. The HICSS mini-track on “Strategy, Information, Technology, Economics, and Society” (SITES), now in its 31st year, has been organized by Prof. Weber jointly with professors Eric K. Clemons (Wharton School), Robert J. Kauffman (Singapore Management University), and Rajiv Dewan (University of Rochester). From 2019 onwards the mini-track will be run jointly by Prof. Kauffman and Prof. Weber. A special section of the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), co-edited by Clemons, Dewan, Kauffman, and Weber, scheduled to appear later in 2018, will feature several full-length papers developed from the SITES mini-track.


Weber, T.A. (2018) “The Dynamics of Asset Sharing and Private Use,” Proceedings of the 51st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), pp. 5205—5211. [Download]

Nursimulu, A., Weber, T.A. (2017) “Grid Connection of Shared Electric Vehicles,“ 2nd HAEE Energy Conference, May 18-20, Athens, Greece.