The evolution of ideas by crowds and communities : Competition vs. cooperation

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014)
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding a Better World Through Information Systems
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Pages4722-4728
Volume6
ISBN (Print)9781634396943
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

Conference

Title35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014)
PlaceNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period14 - 17 December 2014

Abstract

Ideas evolve. Online idea generation systems accelerate this evolution. These systems range from open source, communal sites to highly structured sites, run for profit. What are we learning from these early examples of online idea generation? Two paradigms are at work in these online systems, both embedded in the metaphor of biological evolution. The first is competition. Inventors, often contest participants, compete for prizes. The competition provides motivation for all participants, and offers hope for outsiders who want to establish a reputation. The second is cooperation. Inventors share ideas with each other, thereby jointly exploring the search space faster, the same way animals cooperate in collecting food and building shelter. The panelists will contrast these paradigms, and in their discussion argue about the relative importance of visibility, incentives, and co-creation in the structuring of creative work.

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  • CSCW, Distributed collaboration, Innovation processes, Network organizations

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The evolution of ideas by crowds and communities : Competition vs. cooperation. / Nickerson, Jeffrey; Brunswicker, Sabine; Wagner, Christian; Butler, Brian.

International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014): Building a Better World Through Information Systems. Vol. 6 Association for Information Systems, 2014. p. 4722-4728.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review