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Towards a consumer social behavior theory for sharing economy: an integrated view

Soha Abutaleb (Department of Marketing, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Noha El-Bassiouny (German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Sara Hamed (German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)

Management & Sustainability: An Arab Review

ISSN: 2752-9819

Article publication date: 4 November 2022

Issue publication date: 5 January 2023




The current study is exploring factors affecting social and sharing behavioral intentions. The paper proposes a new theory, the consumer social behavior theory, which aids in understanding social behaviors. This is through the convergence of the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and norm activation theory (NAT) to foster the understanding of sharing and social behaviors. Religiosity, as a cultural and psychological factor, along with five major predictors of sharing practices are also incorporated. These predictors are economic benefits, sustainability, enjoyment, trust and difficulties in sharing practices.


The current study takes a new route through proposing a new theoretical contribution and developing a new theory termed consumer social behavior theory (CSBT) to be commonly used in social behavioral contexts.


The CSBT is an output of integrating two prominent theories in pro-social and pro-environmental contexts. It is found that integrating both theories help in thoroughly examining behavioral intentions. Religiosity is found to significantly impact intentions towards social behaviors, yet no study examined its role in sharing and social behaviors contexts.


This study is contributing to and enriching the sharing economy research domain through new theoretical developments. A theory adaptation for TPB and NAT was conducted to advance a thorough understanding of sharing and social behavioral intentions. This work is considered the first of its kind to develop an integrated view for sharing and social behaviors.



Abutaleb, S., El-Bassiouny, N. and Hamed, S. (2023), "Towards a consumer social behavior theory for sharing economy: an integrated view", Management & Sustainability: An Arab Review, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 25-46.



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