How do sharing organisations create and disrupt institutions? Towards a framework for institutional work in the sharing economy

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The sharing economy is a new form of resource distribution that is affecting traditional markets, cities and individuals, and challenging the prevalent regulatory frameworks, social norms and belief systems. While studies have examined some of its disruptive effects on institutional actors, there has been less focus on the ways in which sharing economy organisations work to create new or disrupt prevalent institutions. This study aims to fill this gap by 1) applying a framework for institutional work by Lawrence and Suddaby (2006) to help understand, map out and classify a variety of mechanisms for urban sharing organisations to engage in institutional creation and disruption, and by 2) testing and adjusting the framework to the context of the sharing economy. The analysis builds on empirical data from case studies, field observations and almost 70 interviews with representatives of urban sharing organisations and actors in their organisational field.


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  • Economics


  • Collaborative consumption, Disruption, Institutional work, Resource sharing, Sharing economy, Urban sharing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-676
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch