Information Technology for Development

Call for Papers: Information Technology for Development

Special issue on Sharing Economy Enabled Digital Platform for Development

Special Issue co-editor(s)

Xusen Cheng
Professor, School of Information Technology and Management
University of International Business and Economics, China

Jian Mou
Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management
Xidian University, China

Xiangbin Yan
Professor, School of Economics and Management
University of Science & Technology Beijing, China

Aims and Scope

The theme of this special issue will focus on the exploration of an emerging and rapidly developing form of collaborative consumption, popularly known as the “sharing economy”. This special issue aims to provide a forum for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers of sharing economy enabled digital platform to discuss the development strategies and prospects. Sharing economy relates closely to what is currently “hot” in the world of practice (e.g., Airbnb, Lending club, Uber, Didi, Mobike) and provides a convenient way of ‘sharing’ goods, services and other resources with the help of digital technology to achieve effective resource allocation and cost saving. The development of sharing economy in online communities suggests significant changes for the form of transportation, tourism, work location, etc. Previously unknown individuals acquired a unique way to meet new people, thus improve the social contacts and grow online communities. These broad impacts give rise to novel and important research questions and analytical approaches.
The aim of the special issue is to address these issues concerned with novel and important research questions, analytical approaches and make contributions on how emerging innovations like sharing economy can be used to bring about socioeconomic development (i.e., the process of social and economic development). In particular, the scope of the special issue includes perspective of quantitative and computational studies involving big data set, case studies, interpretive work, design science and action research related to sharing economy, creative conceptual or theoretical work on the effect of sharing economy, sharing economy enabled digital platforms in developing regions, and sharing economy with ICT for development etc. This special issue emphasizes the sharing economy in the context of developing parts of the world. We welcome papers that contribute to how digital platforms enable a sharing economy that may or may not bring about socioeconomic development. It is open to theoretical and empirical studies deploying a range of methodologies.

Topics addressed

We would like to invite the authors to submit their research on sharing economy enabled digital platform for development from theoretical, technological, social, psychological, econometric, behavioral, and design science perspectives. Research deploying different theoretical lenses could focus on behavioral study and system design, methods, modeling, and techniques in addressing various aspects of sharing economy enabled digital platform for development. The special issue will focus on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

1. The impact of sharing economy on socioeconomic development 2. The strategies and success factors of sharing economy enabled digital platform.
3. Case studies of sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development.
4. Emerging issues in sharing economy for development.
5. Trust, privacy, security and ethical issues in sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development.
6. Social, behavioral, economical, psychological and technical factors influencing sharing economy enabled digital platforms for developing world.
7. User behavior and modelling in sharing economy.
8. System design of sharing economy enabled digital platforms.
9. Sharing economy related information systems, technologies, theories, methods, or models that could be transferred and applied from developed regions to developing regions.
10. Artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and cloud computing technologies for sharing economy.
11. ICTs and sharing economy for development.
12. Design science and action research related to sharing economy.
13. Online collaboration in the sharing economy.
14. Business strategy and practice for sharing economy.
15. Policy making, public management and governance for sharing economy.

Paper Submission Instructions and review process

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original papers using the journal submission and reviewing web site Detailed submission guidelines can be found at
Submitted papers should follow the instructions for authors and indicate “Sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development” special issue when uploading their papers. Submissions to the special issue should be full research papers or practice papers. Each submitted paper will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as other submissions to the Information Technology for Development. Relevance, quality and originality of the contribution are the major acceptance criteria for each submission.
After initial screening, papers are reviewed by selected members of the editorial board and peers from an international pool for quality, consistency and research contribution. Authors are welcome to nominate one of the special issue editors or preferred reviewers when submitting their paper where no conflict of interest exist (an existing business or professional partnership, past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student, and/or collaboration on a project or on a book/article/report/paper or co-editing of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings constitutes a conflict of interest). Papers submitted to this journal must contain original results and must not be submitted elsewhere while being evaluated. If a duplication is found, papers are subject to being rejected for that reason alone.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2020
Notification of initial acceptance: March 31, 2020
Deadline for revised papers: May 31, 2020
Notification of final acceptance: June 30, 2020
Tentative publication date: July, 2020