The Polish way to Uber: Conflict and opportunity in the sharing economy

30 July 2017 - Last week Krakow was abuzz with news that an “Uber helicopter” would visit Krakow, giving promotional rides for just 20 zł. It was ultimately delayed due to rain – but nevertheless, the app which pairs riders with drivers remains very popular in Poland and seems to embody in many ways the “sharing economy.” Yet, the world’s most valuable startup is not without criticism. On the contrary, it can’t seem to escape controversy – from its “asshole” corporate culture to its bullying of journalists to its long-embattled co-founder Travis Kalanick, who resigned as CEO last month. Probably its biggest challenge, though, has been the backlash it has faced over its disruption of traditional taxi services and general business practices, and Poland is no exception.

Sedia, G. (2017), 'The Polish way to Uber: Conflict and opportunity in the sharing economy', The Krakow Post, 30 July.

Metadata

  • Uber
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Poland
  • 2017
  • Article
  • competition, legal issues, challenges
  • English
  • The Krakow Post (Publisher)
  • Open access
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