A Scholarly Crowd Explores Crowdsourcing

During the Open and User Innovation Workshop, hundreds of researchers discussed their work in innovation competitions, user-enhanced product improvements, and public prejudice.

Whether called Crowdsourcing or Open Innovation, the growth of methods of bringing together groups of experts in different fields to work on serious problems or innovative ideas has become one of the most popular aspects of academic research.

The interest was fully expressed during the 12th seminar on open and user innovation, which took place from 28 to 30 July at HBS. About 80 presentations on current research were presented to 190 participants. The titles of the presentation range from “Play the Dice of God – Arbitrary Affirmations versus Crowdsourcing Success Determinists” to “Patients and Caregivers as Sources of Innovative Ideas and Solutions”.

Several professors at HBS presented an initial study on several crowdsourcing issues:

Can scarce resources be avoided? This is an important issue for those seeking open innovation to solve problems. To help answer the question, Shane Greenstein (of the Kellogg School of Management and recently a visiting professor at HBS) and assistant professor Feng Zhu analyzed several thousand articles on the large-scale king of knowledge, Wikipedia indicates political bias. What they found is that many articles published on Wikipedia depend on the democratic side of the political spectrum, correcting themselves to a neutral bias only after hundreds or not thousands of reviews over long periods of time. Your article, which is still in development, has the title. Does collective intelligence create more prejudices than experts? Evidence from Wikipedia and Britannica.

Ready to study. In a plenary speech on contests and competitions with large numbers of people, Lakhani defined several areas that should be even more necessary, which are facilitated by hundreds of crowdsourcing platforms whose data is easily accessible. He argues that one area of ​​greatest value is to develop a better understanding of what motivates people to participate in innovation competitions. Money doesn’t seem to be a big motivator, so what does it take to attract more brilliant minds to an important problem.

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