What's the Problem? How Crowdsourcing Contributes to Identifying Scientific Research Questions

Susanne Beck, Tiare Brasseur, Marion Kristin Poetz, Henry Sauermann

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Abstrakt

An increasing number of research projects successfully involve the general public (the crowd) in tasks such as collecting observational data or classifying images to answer scientists’ research questions. Although such crowd science projects have generated great hopes among scientists and policy makers, it is not clear whether the crowd can also meaningfully contribute to other stages of the research process, in particular the identification of research questions that should be studied. We first develop a conceptual framework that ties different aspects of “good” research questions to different types of knowledge. We then discuss potential strengths and weaknesses of the crowd compared to professional scientists in developing research questions, while also considering important heterogeneity among crowd members. Data from a series of online and field experiments has been gathered and is currently analyzed to test individual- and crowd-level hypotheses focusing on the underlying mechanisms that influence a crowd’s performance in generating research questions. Our results aim for advancing the literatures on crowd and citizen science as well as the broader literature on crowdsourcing and the organization of open and distributed knowledge production. Our findings have important implications for scientists and policy makers.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerGuclu Atinc
Antal sider6
UdgivelsesstedBriar Cliff Manor, NY
ForlagAcademy of Management
Publikationsdato2019
Sider644-649
Artikelnummer115
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, USA
Varighed: 9 aug. 201913 aug. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 79
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Konference

KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019
Nummer79
LandUSA
ByBoston
Periode09/08/201913/08/2019
Internetadresse
NavnAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN2151-6561

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