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Business Futures: the Sharing Economy

Understand the ins and outs of the sharing economy looking at its problems and opportunities with the free online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Business Futures: the Sharing Economy

About the course

The sharing economy is a 21st Century phenomenon that has shaken the status quo in accommodation, transport, personal services, media and entertainment sectors.

This course provides an introduction to the sharing economy and examines its impact on economies, businesses and consumers. The growth of the sharing economy in many industry sectors highlights the challenges and opportunities while providing a range of options to provide innovative consumer experiences.

Trace the history of the sharing economy

The course begins by examining the emergence of the sharing economy by focusing on how and why it has grown so rapidly and its effect on established business models, and on the consumer experience. You will also learn from various entrepreneurs and early adopters who have taken a shot at creating value in a shared marketplace.

Explore the present-day sharing economy

We will investigate and evaluate the sharing economy by examining its drivers, the challenges and opportunities it presents and the implications for business.

Your part in the sharing economy

Whether you want to improve your own prospects, help your business capitalise on the sharing economy or simply be versed in the sharing economy, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to explore this business and economic disruptor.

What topics will you cover?

  • The growth of the shared economy across multiple sectors which highlights the rapid global and community trend.
  • How entrepreneurs have used sharing economy models to start new business opportunities.
  • The different consumer experiences when using share economy brands to identify the incentives and challenges associated with each model.
  • Different ways in which value is created and exchanged in the sharing economy.
  • The role of the global financial crises and how it influences consumer and social consumption behaviour.
  • The types of regulation that are currently in place or should be introduced to the sharing economy market to better protect the consumer.
  • The environment benefits from the reuse of goods and how it can impact costs.
  • The distinction between ‘sharing for profit’ and traditional sharing to inform your views on the future trend of the sharing economy.
  • The implications of the sharing economy on consumption and its impact on the behaviour of peer-to-peer sharing participants and their reliance on trust currency.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss the concept of a sharing economy
  • Analyse the various types of sharing economy and approaches to them
  • Outline how the sharing economy impacts existing business practices and shapes consumption trends
  • Assess some of the regulatory and economic implications of the sharing economy
  • Identify criticisms of the sharing economy
  • Investigate and sketch out what the future holds for the sharing economy

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at professionals and students in disciplines of operations, finance, marketing, or human resources, who wish to learn more about the share economy.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, you'll need:

  • A computer or laptop, with access to the Internet.
  • Computer audio output.
  • Adobe Reader; and
  • A computer mouse.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $94 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.