Crowdsourcing is an open call to anyone to participate in the problem solving process of a focal actor. It can be characterized as a mechanism to turn distant search of a focal actor (which is searching for new solutions) into local search of a large number of distributed problem solvers (Afuah and Tucci, 2012). Crowdsourcing can take many different forms ranging from ‘small scale problem solving’ in ideation contests to so-called grand challenges in which highly complex problems are being solved over very long time spans.
Current research projects address the following research questions:
What are success factors of crowdsourcing in ideation contests?
What role does randomness play for the outcomes of ideation contests?
How do motivations of contributors in grand challenges evolve over time?