The rise and fall of an online project. Is bureaucracy killing efficiency in open knowledge production?

Nicolas Jullien, Kevin G Crowston, Felipe Ortega

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

We evaluate the efficiency of an online knowledge production project and identify factors that affect efficiency. To assess efficiency, we used the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) modelling methodology. We apply DEA to data from more than 30 Wikipedia language projects over three years. We show that the main Wikipedia projects were indeed less efficient that smaller ones, an effect that can be attributed in part to decreasing returns to scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Print)9781450336666
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 19 2015
Event11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2015Aug 21 2015

Other

Other11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period8/19/158/21/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The rise and fall of an online project. Is bureaucracy killing efficiency in open knowledge production?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Jullien, N., Crowston, K. G., & Ortega, F. (2015). The rise and fall of an online project. Is bureaucracy killing efficiency in open knowledge production? In Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OPENSYM 2015 [a13] Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2788993.2789844