In this chapter, the authors discuss the definition, history and scale of crowdfunding as well as describing how crowdfunding works, and the different actors that are involved in the crowdfunding campaigns. The critiques of crowdfunding are discussed. The chapter ends with a road map of the book.
Annaleena Parhankangas, Colin Mason and Hans Landström
Edited by Hans Landström, Annaleena Parhankangas and Colin Mason
Crowdfunding is a hot topic and this Handbook provides a service to the research community by codifying, discussing and examining research in this area. It will be a starting point for researchers seeking high quality research in this new and important area.