Rewind and Fast Forward

2014 was a very exciting and productive year. I presented my work at several conferences and workshops and submitted two manuscripts to international journals (both manuscripts are still under review).

At the Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia (August 2014) I had the opportunity to get feedback from top scholars in our field for my dissertation proposal. I volunteered for the OMT Division to increase the social media presence at the AOM Meeting. I also was a reviewer for the OMT division. Royston Greenwood taught me the necessary skills in a course at the University of Alberta.

My supervisor Robert Bauer and I are working on a manuscript on crowdsourcing. Our conference submission was accepted for the Open- and User Innovation Workshop at Harvard Business School (August 2014). The paper is currently under review; we hope to get it published soon.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I co-developed the idea for establishing a web-based urban-maintenance reporting tool in Linz (“Schau.auf.Linz“). The platform also received the eAward and other cities in Austria launch their platforms using the Schau.auf.Linz software (e.g. Bregenz).

I contributed to two academic projects associated with “Schau.auf.Linz”: First, Stefan Etzelstorfer (Master student at JKU Linz), Dennis Hilgers (Professor at the Institute for Public and Non Profit Management) and I wrote an article on Local Open Government and discussed how Local Open Government is beneficial for the tourism industry (“Opening up Government: Citizen Innovation and new modes of collaboration in Austria”). This chapter will be published in the book Open Tourism – Open Innovation, Crowdsourcing and Collaborative Consumption challenging the tourism industry (Springer Verlag). Second, Stefan Etzelstorfer, Phillip Allerstorfer (Master-student in Web Science Program at JKU Linz), Wendy Cukier (Ryerson University) and Jaigris Hodson and I wrote a short piece for the Collective Intelligence Conference at MIT (Poster Presentation, June 2014). The paper can be accessed here.

Together with Leonhard Dobusch, I wrote a paper for the Open Strategy Workshop at Oxford (July 2014). We already submitted another version of the paper to the AOM Meeting 2015 in Vancouver.

I visited several crowdsourcing industry conferences this year, the Crowdopolis Conference in San Francisco (July 2014), the Crowdsourcing Week in Brussels (June 2014) and the Crowdsourcing Dialog in Munich (November 2014). Crowdsourcing is an exciting phenomenon to study; the growing number of conferences indicate that the “industry” is still growing.

We closed the year with a meeting of the DOC-team Advisory Board. The two days generated a lot of insight for our research team (Doris Graß, Maria Dammayr and I), which is funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The current list of our publications and conference presentations can be accessed here.

Looking forward

In 2015, the focus of my work will be the data collection for my dissertation. Moreover, I will attend some conferences: A revised version of the paper I have written with Maria Paola Ometto and Johanna Winter (“Losing the Activist Spirit: Institutional Complexity, Mission Drift, and Institutional Logics”) was accepted for the NIT Workshop in Vienna (I also attended the last workshop in Rome, May 2014). As mentioned before, I plan to attend the AOM Meeting in Vancouver. Moreover, I contribute to the organization of the 3rd Early Scholars Workshop in Linz.


I am currently recipient of a three year DOC-team-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Organization and Global Management Studies at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria. The scholarship started 1st of July 2013. My colleagues in the DOC-Team are MMag.a Maria Dammayr and Mag.a Doris Grass. The newspaper of the Johannes Kepler University wrote about our achievement of receiving this grant in their November issue (2013/64, see p.18). Here is the link to our official homepage and our facebook group.


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.

Webwissenschaften Informationsveranstaltung

Am 3.12.2008 habe ich den ersten Beitrag zum Studium Webwissenschaften auf diesem Blog geschrieben. Es war mir ein Anliegen, über den Fortschritt bei der Entwicklung dieses innovativen und interdisziplinären Studiums zu berichten. Das Studium, dass gemeinsam von JKU und Kunstuniversität Linz angeboten wird, startet nun fix im Wintersemester 2011. Die Bemühungen waren also erfolgreich.

Alle die sich für das Studium interessieren, möchte ich herzlich zur Master-Informationsveranstaltung einladen:

Informationsveranstaltung Webwissenschaften

Das Web verändert unser Leben maßgeblich. Nur mit einem fächerübergreifenden Ansatz können wir diese Entwicklungen verstehen. Die Webwissenschaften als zeitgerechtes und modernes Studium an der JKU vermitteln die wissenschaftliche Basis für dieses Verständnis in Theorie und Praxis. Das Studium startet im WS 2011!

Wann: Donnerstag, 5. Mai, 18.30 Uhr – 20.00 Uhr
Wo: HS 15 und Foyer Managementzentrum an der Johannes Kepler Universität, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz
Was: Präsentation des Studiums Webwissenschaften und der einzelnen Studienzweige
Wer: Alle die an dem Studium interessiert sind

18.30 Uhr : Begrüßung im HS 15 durch den Studienkommissionsvorsitzenden und Vorstellung des Studiums

19.00 Uhr : Detailinformationen in der Aula des Managementzentrums mit folgenden Ständen:
5 Stände für die Studienzweige
1 Tisch „Zulassungscheck“
1 Tisch des ÖH Sozialreferats

20.00 Uhr : Ende der Veranstaltung

Weitere Infos findest du auf facebook oder auf der Homepage der Johannes Kepler Universität.

Auslandsbericht für JKU Homepage

Ich habe einen Auslandbericht für die JKU Homepage verfasst. Hier der Link zu dem Artikel. Ich habe im vergangenen Semester an der Ryerson Universität den Kurs “Art of Podcasting” absolviert. Aus diesem Grund habe ich einen Podcast produziert, der sich mit der Motivation von Studierenden beschäftigt im Ausland zu studieren. Der Podcast ist als Download nachstehend bei dem Artikel auf der JKU Homepage zu finden.

Vom Bus zum Protest

Innerhalb der USA mit dem Bus zu reisen ist eine billige, aber auch sehr angenehme Art zu reisen. Ich befinde mich gerade in einem Greyhound Bus in Richtung Boston. Der Bus verfügt über ein Wireless-LAN und Steckdosen bei jedem Sitz. Dank Internet und DVDs vergeht die Fahrzeit wie im Flug. 

Es ist aus der Ferne erstaunlich, welches Ausmaß die Uniproteste in Österreich erreicht haben. Auch einige Dekane und Rektoren zeigen Verständnis für die Proteste. Doch während laut Wikipedia Herwig van Staa (ÖVP) den Protesten aufgeschlossen gegenübersteht, verkennt die ÖVP-Aktionsgemeinschaft (und Cartellverbandsorganisation) die Chancen dieser Proteste. Aber ganz ehrlich: Wer hat etwas anderes erwartet.

Die Uni brennt!

Ich solidarisiere mich mit den Studierenden die die Hörsäle besetzen. Es ist ein starkes Signal an die Politik: Österreichs Universitäten brauchen bessere Studienbedingungen und ein sozialeres und gerechteres Universitätssystem.

In Kanada setzt sich die Studierendenvertretung dafür ein, dass die Studiengebühren reduziert werden. Ich habe mich mit einigen KanadierInnen unterhalten. Schulden bis zu 50.000 $ nach Abschluss der Universität sind keine Seltenheit. Viele Studierende müssen nach dem Universitätsabschluss weiterhin bei den Eltern leben. Eine eigene Wohnung würde zu viel kosten und es würde länger dauern die Schulden zurück zu zahlen.

Am 5. November findet ein großer Protesttag in Ontario statt, um auf diese (und andere) Probleme hinzuweisen. Ontario ist übrigens die Provinz mit den höchsten Studiengebühren in ganz Kanada. Hier zwei Fotos von einer Aktion der RSU (Ryerson Student Union) um auf die Schuldenfalle Studiengebühren hinzuweisen: