“Give and take”: how notions of sharing and context determine free peer-to-peer accommodation decisions

Alina Geiger, Chris Horbel, Claas Christian Germelmann

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Abstract

Building on social exchange theory and value co-creation, the present paper investigates how obligations and expectations of reciprocity as well as value-in-social-context shape preferences for or against free accommodation sharing. Applying a grounded theory approach, we propose a novel theoretical framework linking the notions of mutual giving and taking as asset or burden to the contextual characteristics of travelers’ accommodation decisions. Our findings contribute to a better understanding of consumers’ perceptions of and decisions in favor of true sharing accommodation options. Based on our framework, we derive propositions to stimulate further research and provide implications for actors in the paid accommodation market.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
Volume35
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)5-15
ISSN1054-8408
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Accommodation sharing
  • sharing economy
  • travel
  • value co-creation

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