The Sharing Economy and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Abstract

In the present work, the authors set out to identify common ground between social entrepreneurship and the sharing economy, justify the application of these models for the sustainable development of society, as well as conduct a bibliographic study into these concepts to identify areas of overlap between them. For a more in-depth analysis, we studied 20 social entrepreneurs and 20 English versions of websites of organizations that implement the sharing economy model. Based on semantic data analysis and latent Dirichlet allocation, the texts under examination were grouped into 5 topics according to frequency of occurrence of keywords using the Python programming language. In order to trace a connection between these topics and sustainable development, we selected words that can serve as markers of environmental, social and economic aspects of the activities of these organizations. Each identified topic has appeared to have an aspect of digitalization. The study revealed that the application of the sharing economy model by social entrepreneurs and companies contributes to the sustainable development of society. The obtained results can be used in elaboration of approaches to provide the sustainable development of society.

Author Biographies

Evgeny V. Popov, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Evgeny V. Popov is the Director of the Center for Social and Economic Research and Expertise at the Ural Institute of Management, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Dr. Popov is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Science, Doctor of Economics, Professor. Evgeny Popov has been recognized an Honorary Professor in a number of Russian universities, including Ural Federal University, Kazan Innovative University named after V. G. Timirsyasov, Tyumen State University, and Chelyabinsk State University. In addition to serving as one of the leading researchers of the Russian school of institutional economics, Evgeny Popov is known as the originator of the concepts of econotronics and minieconomics. Today, his main research foci include smart cities, sharing economy, ecosystems, and intercompany relations in the context of digital transformation. His works have received more than 735 citations.

Anna Yu. Veretennikova, Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Anna Yu. Veretennikova, Cand. Sci. (Economics), Senior Researcher at the Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a part-time employee at the Ural Institute of Management of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and an Associate Professor at Ural Federal University. In 2008, she graduated from the Ural State Technical University with the specialty Innovation Management. In 2013, Anna received the degree of Candidate of Sciences. Today, Anna conducts research in institutional economics in the sector of public goods, social innovations, and sharing economy. She has published more than 120 works in Russian and English.

Kseniya М. Kozinskaya, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Kseniya M. Kozinskaya is a post-graduate student at Ural Federal University. Since 2016, Ksenia has been conducting research in the fields of history and economics. During this time, she has published more than 30 articles, including six in English. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, sharing economics, and institutional economics.

Published
2022-04-11
How to Cite
Popov, E., Veretennikova, A., & Kozinskaya, K. (2022). The Sharing Economy and Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development. Changing Societies & Personalities, 6(1), 98–122. doi:10.15826/csp.2022.6.1.165
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