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About the project

With col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion, con­sumers no longer own a good, but tem­por­ar­ily have ac­cess to this good. When these con­sumers use re­sources provided by oth­ers, they are in­di­vidu­ally bet­ter off when they make use of the shared re­sources without con­trib­ut­ing in re­turn, harm­ing the com­munity. With no reg­u­la­tion this often leads to prob­lems between con­sumers and pro­viders of the good.

It is as­sumed that dif­fer­ent mod­els of col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion (busi­ness-to-­con­sumer, peer­-to-peer, self-reg­u­lat­ing com­munit­ies) are char­ac­ter­ized by dif­fer­ent kinds of power (co­er­cive and le­git­im­ate) and dif­fer­ent kinds of trust (im­pli­cit and reas­on-­based), and there­fore have an im­pact on the co­oper­a­tion of con­sumers.

To in­vestig­ate dif­fer­ences between mod­els, we ap­ply the slip­pery slope frame­work (Gangl et al., 2015; Kirchler et al., 2008) which high­lights the dy­namic between power and trust and thereby of­fers a the­or­et­ical frame­work. We will use a mul­ti-­method ap­proach (fo­cus groups, on­line ques­tion­naire, lab­or­at­ory ex­per­i­ments, field ex­per­i­ment), in­vest­ig­at­ing how power of au­thor­it­ies provid­ing col­lab­or­at­ive goods im­pact trust, and co­oper­a­tion.

Re­search Ques­tions

The pro­ject will ad­ress the fol­low­ing re­search ques­tions:

  • What kind of power do con­sumers per­ceive with dif­fer­ent forms of col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion?

  • What kind of trust do con­sumers per­ceive with col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion?

  • Which re­la­tions and mod­er­ator vari­ables can be de­tec­ted within the dif­fer­ent col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion mod­els?

  • How does wiel­ded co­er­cive and le­git­im­ate power as well as dif­fer­ent col­lab­or­at­ive con­sump­tion mod­els in­flu­ence reas­on-­based and im­pli­cit trust in au­thor­it­ies and fel­low users and the de­gree of co­oper­a­tion?