Airbnb's Disruptive Trajectory: Interpreting its Rise through Christensen's Model.

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This paper examines Airbnb's evolution through the lens of Christensen's Disruptive Innovation Theory. It addresses a gap relating to Airbnb's role as a disruptive innovation, proposes a refined definition of disruptive innovation tailored to the context of Airbnb, and evaluates the applicability of Christensen's framework to Airbnb as a disruptor. The paper reveals that while Airbnb partially aligns with Christensen's criteria, it also deviates significantly, suggesting the need for a broader understanding of disruptive innovation within the accommodations sector. This contribution offers a nuanced perspective on Airbnb as a disruptor, with implications for both theory and practice in hospitality management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorth Eastern region chapter (NENA) of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Conference,
Subtitle of host publicationPortland, Maine USA, April 4-7, 2024.
Place of PublicationUSA
Publication statusPublished online - 4 Apr 2024
Event2024 NENA Spring Conference - Portland ME
Duration: 4 Apr 20246 Jun 2024


Conference2024 NENA Spring Conference
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  • AirBnB
  • hospitality
  • Tourism
  • disruption
  • Disruption innovation
  • Disruptive Technology
  • Model


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