Openness and Legitimacy Building in the Sharing Economy: An Exploratory Case Study about CouchSurfing

Attila Marton, Ioanna Constantiou, Georgios Lagoudakos

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Abstract

Sharing economy start-ups are claiming legitimacy by drawing on notions of openness and, at the same time, by adapting to business institutions. We use the case of CouchSurfing to investigate how openness, which has been part of the organization’s raison-d’être, contributed in the legitimacy building efforts and why it was replaced by notions of profitability and revenue generation. Thus, we contribute the concepts of legitimacy and legitimacy building to the academic discourse of openness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherHawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9780998133102
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2017 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20177 Jan 2017
Conference number: 50
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ConferenceThe 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. HICSS 2017
Number50
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period04/01/201707/01/2017
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Marton, A., Constantiou, I., & Lagoudakos, G. (2017). Openness and Legitimacy Building in the Sharing Economy: An Exploratory Case Study about CouchSurfing. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2017 Honolulu: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).