New publication, EGOS and Global Solution Networks

Dave Valliere and I have written a paper on “Entrepreneurial remixing: bricolage and postmodern resources”. The paper will be published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (February 2014 issue). I will soon provide a link to the pdf.-file of this article.

My research stay at University of Alberta resulted in a fruitful research collaboration with Maria Paola Ometto (Fundacao Getulio Vargas – Sao Paulo – Brazil) and Johanna Winter (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business). We submitted a paper with the title “Institutional complexity through acquiring funding sources: responses of social movement organizations” to the 30th EGOS Colloquium (2014) in Rotterdam (Sub-theme 60: Rethinking Responses to Institutional Complexity). Our short paper was accepted; Paola is first author, I am second, Johanna third.

Don Tapscott and the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto launched a research program to study the potential of global web-based networks for cooperation, problem solving and governance. I worked with Don on an initial exploration of this topic. The results can be found on the website of the Global Solution Networks Program.

I am also teaching next term in the master program Webscience. I will make the course outlines available soon.


I finally published my thesis as a book. You can download it here or buy it here.

I have submitted a short paper to the EGOS Colloquium in Montreal (Sub-theme 35) together with Robert Bauer. Our short paper with the title “Consumer-focused crowdsourcing: Seductive illusions with far reaching consequences” was accepted.

I will also attend the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando. Leonard Dobusch (FU Berlin), Robert Bauer, Claudia Müller-Birn (FU Berlin) and I (2nd author) were accepted with our paper: “Between Crowd and Community: Organizing Online Collaboration in Open Innovation and Beyond.

Robert Bauer and I gave a talk at the #rp13-conference in Berlin. You can download the slides here. I am happy that we received positive feedback for our talk (“Eine wirklich lohnende Stunde” , “Sehr sympathische Redner“). Also have a look at, they provide a comprehensive list of all #rp13-related sources (videos, pictures and ebooks). You should absolutely have a look at the closing ceremony, the nerd choir.

I participated at the first Young Scholars Workshop at Johannes Kepler University Linz, where I presented the first concept for my dissertation. The workshop was organized by Prof. Guiseppe Delmestri (JKU Linz), Prof. Wolfgang Güttel (JKU Linz) and Prof. Tina Ambos (U. of Sussex) who invited Renate Meyer (WU Wien), Tatiana Kostova (U. of South Carolina),  Elango Elangovan (U. of Victoria), Mike Lounsbury (U. of Alberta) and Royston Greenwood (U. of Alberta) to give us young scholars feedback. Images of the workshop can be found here.

The course outline for my course “Current topics in webscience” can be found here.

When I was in Toronto on exchange (2009/10) I attended a design class. One of my projects dealt with the role of smileys in (digital) communication. I just found out that a article of used one of my pictures for an article.

Master´s (Magister) Thesis


Crowdsourcing: Aggregation and Selection Mechanisms and the Impact of Peer Contributions on Contests


Crowdsourcing is the act of an agent (individual or organization) who uses the platform (of an intermediary) to call for a large and diverse set of individuals to solve a problem. A crowdsourcing platform aggregates and selects the contributions of the crowd. The analysis suggests that the three aggregation mechanisms, collection, contest, and collaboration, not only exist in their pure form, but may also overlap. Drawing upon transaction cost theory, selection instruments can be categorized into four governance mechanisms: hierarchy, standardization, meritocracy and market. The second part of the thesis places an emphasis on the contest model in crowdsourcing and discusses how the access to peer contributions in contests influences the quality of ideas, the cooperative orientation, the motivation of the crowd and strategic and marketing considerations of the agent. Moreover, this thesis lays the groundwork for future research on hybrid models in crowdsourcing. A hybrid model uses a combination of different actors, aggregation and selection mechanisms, and group structures in a single, multi-round or an iterative process.


The thesis was graded by my instructor a. Prof. Robert Bauer with an “Sehr gut” (best grade in the Austrian grade system). The thesis will be published as a book, I will also make it available as an pdf download soon.

Research and Teaching


My colleague Marko Hrelja and I (1st author) submitted a paper to the Collective Intelligence Conference 2012 at the MIT Campus in Boston. Our submission has been accepted as a poster.

Finally, I am teaching the Mastercourse “Web-Based Innovation” (study program webscience) together with Robert Bauer this term. A brief version of the course outline can be downloaded here.