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Anticipated emotions and resistance to innovations: the case of p2p car sharing

C. Valor

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Vol. 37, pp. 50 - 65

Peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing is a sociotechnical innovation that could facilitate a transition to a more sustainable mobility system. Understanding the factors hampering adoption of this innovation is of outmost importance. Whereas past studies have expounded on the advantages and disadvantages that potential adopters see in these schemes, this study takes a different route and studies individuals’ anticipated emotions toward the innovation at the intrapersonal and interpersonal level. This approach unveils that potential adopters anticipate the burden of sharing or feelings of stress, anxiety and fear if they enter the schemes. The anticipated burden of sharing deters potential adopters from adopting this innovation. These insights provide a complementary explanation to understand the factors inhibiting the adoption of sociotechnical innovations.

Keywords: peer-to-peer car sharing; sociotechnical innovations; grounded theory; burden of sharing; stress; anticipated emotions

JCR Impact Factor and WoS quartile: 9,680 - Q1 (2020); 7,200 - Q1 (2022)

DOI reference: DOI icon https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.08.001

Published on paper: December 2020.

Published on-line: August 2020.

C. Valor, Anticipated emotions and resistance to innovations: the case of p2p car sharing. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 37, pp. 50 - 65, December 2020. [Online: August 2020]

    Research topics:
  • Green technologies adoption and consumer engagement
  • Social inclusion, vulnerability, longevity and wellbeing

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