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Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy

Uber as Disruptive Innovation Henrique Schneider, Chief Economist, Swiss Federation of SME, Switzerland
While creative destruction and disruptive innovation change the entrepreneurial landscape; regulation – especially regulation of sectorial markets and competition regulation – can delay this change or even bring it to a halt. Uber plays an active role between these two forces: first as an agent of creative destruction and then possibly in championing regulation on its own terms. Grounded in a particular understanding of the economic concept of the market as a series of processes, this book explores the implications of creative destruction, competition regulation and the role that businesses play. Instead of discussing these relations in a purely abstract manner, this book uses Uber as a case study.
Extent: 160 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78643 342 8
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  • Economics and Finance
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While creative destruction and disruptive innovation change the entrepreneurial landscape, regulation – especially regulation of sectorial markets and competition regulation – can delay this change or even bring it to a halt. Grounded in a particular understanding of the economic concept of the market as a series of processes, this book explores the implications of creative destruction, competition regulation and the role that businesses play.

Instead of discussing this in a purely abstract manner, this book uses Uber as a case study. Uber plays an active role between these two forces: first as an agent of creative destruction and then possibly as a champion of regulation on its own terms. Henrique Schneider analyses Uber as an economic phenomenon, investigates the fundamental problems with competition regulation, and explores the intermediation of idle capacity through technology. Ultimately, Schneider concludes that the more Uber is regulated, the less innovative it becomes.

This groundbreaking book will appeal to a broad and varied readership including economists, educators, students and law professionals.
‘Henrique Schneider’s Creative Destruction and the Sharing Economy: Uber as Disruptive Innovation discusses the business model of Uber and the evolution of the company through a market process framework. The author provides an insightful analysis on the nature between innovation and regulation, while also drawing on the history of taxi regulations. Anyone interested in “Uber-nomics” and the economic implications of regulation and innovation should read this book.’
– Liya Palagashvili, Purchase College, State University of New York, US

‘We believe that the book is a good reference to all entrepreneurs whom going to use sharing economy in their business. It simulates for them how their business would influence or can influence the economy, society and the technology.’
– International Journal of Youth Economy
Contents: Preface Introduction 1. What is the Economics of Uber (and of this Book)? 2. What is Uber’s Business Model? 3. What are Creative Destruction and Disruption Innovation? 4. Are Innovation and Regulation Opposites? Conclusion: Destroying Uber, The Destroyer? References Index