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Given Enough Eyeballs, All Crimes are Shallow – The Organizing of Citizen Collaboration to Solve an Online Detective Story

Journal article
Authors Björn Remneland Wikhamn
Jan Ljungberg
Bertil Rolandsson
Magnus Bergquist
Published in Journal of Technology Management & Innovation
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 59-67
ISSN 0718-2724
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Pages 59-67
Language en
Keywords commons-based peer production, citizen collaboration
Subject categories Business Administration


This paper theorizes about the organizing of online citizen collaboration. The setting is an Internet forum where people started their own investigations about a crime of animal cruelty. The concepts of commons-based peer production and generativity are utilized to analyse the complex organizing mechanisms of voluntaristic online collaboration in practice. Three general functions are introduced – operational, managerial, and noise – which are intertwined and together make up important basis for organizing generativity.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-11-20