'Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia' as a role model? Lessons for open innovation from an exploratory examination of the supposedly democratic-anarchic nature of Wikipedia

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'Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia' as a role model? Lessons for open innovation from an exploratory examination of the supposedly democratic-anarchic nature of Wikipedia
Authors: Gordon Müller-Seitz, Guido Reger
Citation: International Journal of Technology Management 32 (1): 73-88. 2010
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DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2010.035985.
Link(s): http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/a7841107000841v8/fulltext.pdf
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'Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia' as a role model? Lessons for open innovation from an exploratory examination of the supposedly democratic-anarchic nature of Wikipedia

[edit] Data

  • Interview with 22 Wikipedians and FOSS developers: signed-in user, administrator, bureaucrat and board member (Wikipedia), developer, core developer (FOSS).
  • Assessing about 1000 different entries on Wikipedia.

[edit] Method

Interview with questions:

  1. the participants’ professional background
  2. the reasons for joining Wikipedia
  3. the type of work the respective person did
  4. general information about the way Wikipedia operated.

The atlas.ti was used for qualitative data analysis.

They distinguishes between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.

The discuss the bureaucratization within a framework (page 469):

  • Types of permissions
    • Content-related
    • Technology-related
    • Administrative head
  • Rules
    • Policies
    • Guidelines
  • Institutionalization
    • Arbitration Committee
    • Association of Members' Advocates
    • Wikimedia Foundation
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