Amazon mechanical turk: A research tool for organizations and information systems scholars

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Abstract

Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), a system for crowdsourcing work, has been used in many academic fields to support research and could be similarly useful for information systems research. This paper briefly describes the functioning of the AMT system and presents a simple typology of research data collected using AMT. For each kind of data, it discusses potential threats to reliability and validity and possible ways to address those threats. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of possible applications of AMT to research on organizations and information systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShaping the Future of ICT Research
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Approaches - IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference, Proceedings
Pages210-221
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2012Dec 14 2012

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume389 AICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period12/13/1212/14/12

Keywords

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • crowd sourcing
  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management

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    Crowston, K. (2012). Amazon mechanical turk: A research tool for organizations and information systems scholars. In Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches - IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference, Proceedings (pp. 210-221). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 389 AICT). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35142-6-14