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 spreeblick.com, they listed all sources for 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 (”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 roles of smileys in (digital) communication. I just found out that a article of stadtmagazin.com took one of my pictures for their article.
In its seven year history, re:publica has developed from an informal meeting of bloggers to a yearly institution for business professionals also, which featured over 4,000 guests in 2012. Idealists, hacktivists in politics, education, design, society, culture, ecology and science meet to listen to over 250 speakers from over 30 countries. Some days ago, I received a very nice e-mail from the organizers: “(…) we are very happy to inform you that your session “Von außen nach innen: Der soziale Kontext von Crowdsourcing” has been accepted for the #rp13 programme”. Prof. Robert Bauer and I will integrate our current research in this talk. We locate crowdsourcing in a social- and institutional context. In other words, socio-cultural norms and beliefs shape how actors interpret crowdsourcing and how it is transformed into practices. Lakhani et al. (2012) argue that the shift from closed to open innovation is associated with an organizational transformation (Lakhani et al. 2012). Organizations less able to cope with this shift are less likely to reap the benefits of crowdsourcing.
In the summer term, I am teaching the master course “web-based innovation” (study program webscience). This is the second time that I am teaching the course. This time I placed a greater emphasis on crowdsourcing and integrated new articles from the open- and user innovation literature. The course outline can be accessed here (in German). I am also teaching another course this term. You can read more about this course in my next blog post.
Shaun Abrahamson, Peter Ryder and Bastian Unterberg published a book, called “Crowdstorm“. The term “crowdstorming” is derived from “crowd” (a large set of self-selected individuals) and “brainstorming” (a method to generate and select ideas).
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Last November I gave a talk at the New Thinking Conference. Here is the link to my slides and the video of my talk. I was also invited to a chat-based conference, called the 4th “Collective Intelligence Week”, organized by Netbaes. The slides to my “talk” can be accessed here.
Two years ago, Christian Forsterleitner and I developed an idea for a platform in Linz were citizens could report non-emergency issues (e.g. pothole) via the Internet. Christian put forward a motion in the city council. The platform was launched today. Citizens can either use the website or a smartphone app (Android and Apple) to report non-emergency issues. To access the german press release click here, to visiting the platform, click here. Congratulations to the employees of the City of Linz for their great work.
Please support this initiative: http://www.right2water.eu/
I am giving a talk at the Summit of New Thinking in Berlin. The title is “How to prevent a not-invented-here syndrome in crowdsourcing?”. In the talk, I will first briefly discuss the relationship between Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing. Second, I will give an overview how current research attempts to answer the question, under what conditions crowdsourcing is a viable option for the organization. Third, I will show that a better answer in this question is rooted in considering that crowdsourcing is embedded in a social- and institutional context and that this perspective is key to mitigate the not-invented-here syndrome.
My current research is guided by the question, under what conditions crowdsourcing is a viable option for an organization. Crowdsourcing is embedded in a social and institutional context. Drawing upon Lakhani et al. (2012) and Baldwin and von Hippel (2011), I argue that crowdsourcing increases the institutional complexity (Greenwood et al., 2011; Thornton et al., 2012). Amongst other things, I want to investigate, how do actors (employees organization and crowd) respond, when they confront multiple logics.
I have been to several conferences in 2012. I have presented a paper at the EGOS conference 2012 in Helsinki and I have attended the User- and Open Innovation Workshop at Harvard Business School. I have presented the paper “Building Human Infrastructure for the Digital Economy: Ryerson’s DIGITAL MEDIA ZONE” for Wendy Cukier, Valerie Fox and Hossein Rahnama (Ryerson University) at the IFIP’s Human Choice and Computers International Conference 10 (HCC10) “ICT Critical Infrastructures and Society” in Amsterdam.
Fabian Fusseis and Aline Hofmann and I had a presentation at the Momentum 2012 conference. In our presentation, we argued that although technology would make democratization of political parties feasible, there are three barriers that need to be considered. First, the digital divide. Second, the historical contingency of parties and third, the problem structure and who reduces the complexity of problems.
Together with Lisa Fuchs and Ingrid Gogl, I have written a blog post about the Open Government Data Conference 2012 in Linz on the freienetze.at.
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