Category Archives: Crowdsourcing

Are crowds stupid?

We have been talking about the wisdom of crowds for so long and with such a passion that it was only a matter of time that someone would decide to call crowds stupid. And here it comes: Aran Rees, “a creativity … Continue reading

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Why does your doctor hate crowdsourcing?

One of the signs of the growing popularity of crowdsourcing is its steady expansion into gated professional communities dominated by experts. Take, for example, medical diagnostics, an area that has for centuries been a fiefdom of medical professionals. Now, a … Continue reading

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A map of open innovation practices

A problem that I see with the current literature on open innovation is that while focusing predominantly on theoretical aspects of the concept (value proposition, strategic alignments, governance and management, human capital and culture), it pays little attention to the … Continue reading

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Don’t confuse crowdsourcing with brainstorming

I try to follow what academic researchers have to say about crowdsourcing. As a crowdsourcing practitioner, I welcome the clarity, holistic approach and intellectual vigor that academic research brings to the table. But not always. Take, for example, a recent … Continue reading

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What can crowds do?

Since the publication, in 2004, of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, “The Wisdom of Crowds,” the idea that large groups of people are smarter than a few individuals, however brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities … Continue reading

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When many experts are too many

In my earlier posts (here and here), I argued that when facing a complex technical or business problem the majority of organizations have a natural inclination to begin the problem-solving process with engaging experts, either internal (employees) or external (consultants). … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: adding more diversity to your innovation process

I think that today only a very stubborn few would deny a positive role that diversity plays in the marketplace. Studies abound pointing to better performance of companies promoting diversity in their ranks. For example, a 2015 McKinsey report on … Continue reading

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