The paper "Process Analysis and Problem Solving - Airbnb, Uber, Gumtree, eBay" is an outstanding example of a business case study. The sharing economy is increasingly becoming one the trend in acquiring products and services both by individuals as well as organizations. The sharing economy is an open system in which private individuals link up with potential clients in order to rent out their products and services. In most of these cases, the internet becomes the greatest infrastructure, and through it, both private investors, as well as interested clients, come together in order to either offer services or fulfill a need.
Some of the success stories in this emerging sector include Uber, Airbnb, eBay, and Gumtree. Having been launched barely six years ago, Airbnb, for example, has been widely known to be a perfect example of a sharing economy in which potential investors can invest. Other players such as eBay and Uber, of course, are also a force to reckon with in this lucrative sector. In order to introduce a better understanding of how a sharing economy works, Airbnb’ s business model is worth understanding.
It basically runs a website through which both users and service and product-seekers interact in order to satisfy an existing need. In particular, however, Airbnb’ s platform allows dealers in apartment rentals, private rooms, and complete homes to rent out their products and services to potential clients. This is just a glimpse of how a sharing economy works. This basic understanding, therefore, is critically necessary for any investor who is interested in letting their money work for them in this sector. Objectives and Measures Having provided a kick-starter into the sharing economy, this paper, therefore, seeks to provide an in-depth analysis of the sector especially for interested investors in this increasingly becoming lucrative field.
The specific objectives of this report are: To provide a summary of the business model of a few players in the sharing economy featuring such successful virtual firms as Uber, Airbnb, Gumtree, and eBay. To perform strategic analyses including the SWOT Analysis and Stakeholder Analysis for each of the sampled players in the sharing economy To give insight into the possible specific investment opportunities for interested investors in the sharing economy based on the strategic analysis provided To advise on the best tactics that the interested investors in this economy may adopt in order to ensure that they indeed clinch the investment options discussed in this report Strategic Analyses Just like in any business sector, it is of utter importance that any investor understands the various stakeholders in the sharing economy and analyzes them in an in-depth manner.
Additionally, such an investor would be better at analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that exist in this emerging sector. The analysis done in this report entails the business players in the sharing economy at a wider spectrum. Stakeholder Analysis As was mentioned in the executive summary, there are quite a number of players in the sharing industry.
For purposes of this report, four major players in the sharing economy are analyzed i. e. Uber, Airhub, Gumtree, and eBay. For an interested investor in this area, information on these stakeholders and their business models is essential their influence and interests notwithstanding.
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