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OAFP 4780 - Regulating the sharing economy : "Uber in Paris"

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


An interest in the sharing economy.

Course Description

Digital technology has allowed the emergence of disruptive business models in a range of sectors. As the sharing economy emerged, a handful of technology companies took over markets without owning the assets underlying their business. This class discusses a case study of the sharing economy: Uber, a tech firm, or a transport company that famously owns no taxis. In its global expansion, city by city, Uber found an established industry and regulations it chose to disrupt. This course addresses the challenges that policymakers and competitors were confronted with as Uber entered the French market in Paris. We will discuss the dilemma for regulators between convenience for consumers, security for all involved, fiscal policy and job opportunities.


BARCLAY, Alexander (Co-fondateur, COO, RoomActually)

Pedagogical format

This seminar is organised around a case study. The written case serves as the basis for simulations, debates and theory inputs during class. Furthermore, external speakers will be invited to bring an additional, real-world perspective to the students.

Course validation

Participants in this seminar will be evaluated based on four elements: 1) 30% individual presentation in class ; 2) 30% 5 page paper during the semester ; 3) 30% 20 page final group paper ; 4) 10% individual participation in class.


Prior to each session, students will be expected to read and reflect upon the selected bibliography. Furthermore, they will conduct group work or field research according to precise guidelines. The group work will serve as a basis for discussions in class.

Required reading

  • Stone, B. (2017). The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World. New York: Little, Brown and Company
  • Colin, N., & Verdier, H. (2015). L'âge de la multitude. Entreprendre et gouverner après la révolution numérique (2e édition). Paris: Armand Colin
  • Parker, G. G., Alstyne, M. W. V., & Choudary, S. P. (2016). Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You. New York: WW Norton & Co

Additional required reading

  • Masters, B., & Thiel, P. (2015). Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future. London: Virgin Books
  • Babinet, G. (2016). Transformation digitale : l'avènement des plateformes. Le Passeur
  • Sadin, E. (2016). La Silicolonisation du Monde. Paris: L'ECHAPPEE EDITIONS
  • Benavent, C. (2016). Plateformes. FYP EDITIONS