What are the similarities and differences between crowdsourcing and sharing economy? What factors influence their use in developing countries? In light of recent developments in the use of IT-mediated technologies, such as crowdsourcing and the sharing economy, this manuscript examines their similarities and differences, and the challenges regarding their effective use in developing countries. We first examine each individually and highlight different forms of each IT-mediated technology. Given that crowdsourcing and sharing economy share aspects such as the use of IT, a reliance on crowds, monetary exchange, and the use of reputation systems, we systematically compare the similarities and differences of different types of crowdsourcing with the sharing economy, thus addressing a gap in the current literature. Using this knowledge, we examine the different challenges faced by developing countries when using crowdsourcing and the sharing economy, and highlight the differences in the applicability of these IT-mediated technologies when faced with specific development issues. © 2017, © 2017 SAGE Publications.
Asset hubs, crowdsourcing, developing countries, development IT-mediated crowds, open collaboration, peer-to-peer sharing networks, sharing economy, tournament crowdsourcing, virtual labor markets
Growth and Development | Organization Development | Political Economy
Journal of Developing Societies
SAGE Publications (UK and US) / Brill Academic Publishers
TAEIHAGH, Araz.(2017). Crowdsourcing, sharing economies and development. Journal of Developing Societies, 33(2), 191-222.
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