Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2017

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Asset hubs, crowdsourcing, developing countries, development IT-mediated crowds, open collaboration, peer-to-peer sharing networks, sharing economy, tournament crowdsourcing, virtual labor markets

Discipline

Growth and Development | Organization Development | Political Economy

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Journal of Developing Societies

Volume

33

Issue

2

First Page

191

Last Page

222

ISSN

0169-796X

Identifier

10.1177/0169796X17710072

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US) / Brill Academic Publishers

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1177/0169796X17710072

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